Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth with artificial replacements (pontic). The bridge gives the appearance and function of real teeth. During the procedure you are given a local anesthetic so Dr. Broschinsky can prepare the teeth required to support the bridge. If the support teeth are decayed or badly broken down, he may have to build them back up before they can be used as support teeth for a bridge. Next, Dr. Broschinsky takes an impression of the prepared teeth with a putty-like material that is used to create a model of your teeth. That model is then sent to a dental laboratory and fabricated by a skilled lab technician so that it precisely fits the prepared teeth. It is important that your restoration fit perfectly to avoid additional oral health problems such as tooth decay. While your bridge is being fabricated, Dr B. fits you with a temporary bridge so the teeth and gums can be protected from damage until your permanent bridge is ready. To complete the dental bridge procedure, you must return to the dental office for a second visit to have the bridge fitted and cemented.