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Your Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is one or more replacement teeth attached to the natural teeth next to them. Once it's in place, the bridge is not removed. A bridge can be made of metal, tooth-colored porcelain, or a combination of the two. Your dentist will suggest the best material for your mouth. There are two main types of bridges: conventional and resin-bonded.

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What Happens After Tooth Loss?

Spaces left by missing teeth affect the rest of your teeth. These gaps can cause chewing problems. If even one tooth is missing, other teeth may slowly shift out of place. This changes the way your teeth fit together (your bite). A poor bite may make your jaw sore. Your teeth may become harder to clean, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. And shifting of teeth following tooth loss may change your smile. But a bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. A bridge makes it easier to chew, improves your appearance, and keeps your teeth, gums, and jaws healthy.

The Procedure

It will take two or more visits to prepare and fit your bridge.

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Preparing Your Teeth

For a conventional bridge, the teeth on either side of the space to be filled must be reshaped to hold crowns that support the bridge. Limited reshaping is necessary with the resin-bonded bridge. For either bridge, impressions of your teeth are taken and used to make your bridge. This process takes several weeks.

Fitting Your Bridge

When it's ready, your dentist places the bridge on your teeth and adjusts it until it fits and feels right. The bridge is then cemented or bonded into place. If you have any problems over the next few days, call your dentist.

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When you need exceptional teeth straightening you can trust, call Beacon Orthodontic Associates at 617.738.4746 (GRIN) . For your convenience, use our online Request an Appointment form to reserve your dental braces consultation or if you have questions about the cost of braces for children or adult braces. We serve the communities of Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Newton, West Roxbury, and all of the greater Boston Area. Contact us if you’re searching for an “orthodontist near me.”

Our Services

Early Interceptive

Early interceptive orthodontic care is actually preventive care. Our intention is to prevent crooked teeth and a bad bite from developing.

Teen Orthodontics

Orthodontic teeth straightening technology has improved dramatically in recent years and you don’t have to wear unattractive metal braces in order to straighten your smile.

Adult Orthodontics

Even if you are in your 50s, 60s or older, it’s not too late to straighten your teeth and give yourself the smile you’ve always dreamed about.

Damon®Smile

In many cases, Damon®Smile braces reduce both total treatment time and the number of adjustments and office visits needed.

Invisalign/Invisalign Teen

Invisalign uses clear aligners that fit snugly over teeth and slowly move the teeth into their correct positions, just like braces.