Likelike Crowns & Bridgework
A Stable Solution that Renews Your Smile
If you have missing teeth, we can create a permanent ‘bridge’ appliance to replace the missing teeth. Not only does a bridge fill the missing space, thereby giving you back a complete smile, it will also prevent the teeth on either side of the space from shifting. It also stops the tooth that chews with it from drifting into the space. A ‘fixed’ bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring teeth on either side of the toothless area, and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth and two crowns. If healthy adjacent ‘anchor’ teeth aren’t available, a surgically implanted metal post or dental ‘implant’ may be an alternate choice.
Bridge placement and fitting is fairly straightforward. Dr. Soileau will simply reduce the adjacent teeth as needed to anchor the bridge, take a careful impression of your mouth, and have the lab custom-fabricate your bridge. Upon delivery of the restoration, he’ll fit it into place and check for function, looks, and comfort. Including the time required for the lab to fabricate the bridge, the entire process requires only a couple of appointments over a two to four week period. With proper care, you can expect your fixed bridge to last at least 8-10 years.