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Has Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai recommended that you get a dental bridge for your missing tooth? Here’s what you need to know:

A bridge is made up of a fake tooth called a pontic and two crowns on the sides to cover your adjacent teeth. Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai usually only suggests a dental bridge if the teeth on either side of the gap are failing and need protection.

The process of getting a dental bridge depends upon a host of factors, but here is the general procedure:

In order to prepare the teeth next to the gap for the two crowns, Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai will numb the area and then reduce their enamel structure. He will then form a mold of your mouth called an impression. A dental lab will use this to create your customized dental bridge. In the interim, Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai will likely fit you with a temporary bridge.

At your next appointment, Rai Family Dentistry will place the permanent bridge and check that it is secure and aesthetically pleasing. A fixed bridge may take some time to install. We may schedule a follow-up visit if needed.

Would you like to learn more? Call Rai Family Dentistry in Stafford, Virginia at 540-657-0867 to set up an appointment. We’re here to make you smile.