If you\u2019ve recently lost a tooth, our Hudsonville dentists may suggest a dental bridge to repair your smile. To be a candidate, you must have healthy natural teeth or dental implants on both sides of the empty socket. A dental bridge is comprised of an artificial tooth secured by crowns on adjacent teeth. Like the name suggests, a dental bridge \u201cbridges\u201d the gap left by a missing tooth. A dental bridge can: \tRepair your smile after losing a tooth \tPrevent further tooth loss \tMaintain your face shape \tImprove chewing \tImprove speech First Appointment During your first appointment with us, our dentist will need to remove enamel from teeth on both sides of the empty socket. We do this to make room for the dental crowns to sit on top of your teeth. Next, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab where your tooth bridge will be made. In the meantime, we\u2019ll place a temporary bridge to protect your smile. Second Appointment When you return to our office, your tooth bridge will be ready. Our dentist will remove the temporary bridge and replace it with the permanent one. We may wait several weeks to cement the tooth bridge so we can be sure of the fit. If this is the case, we\u2019ll ask you to return to our office multiple times to check the dental bridge. Learn More Our Hudsonville, MI, restorative dentists can restore your smile with a dental bridge after tooth loss. To learn more, call Hudsonville Dental at (616) 209-4024, or contact us online to schedule an appointment.