First, the abutment teeth will be slightly reduced in size in order to accommodate the material that will be used to fabricate the bridge. After the abutment teeth are properly prepared, an impression is taken and sent off to the lab. It generally takes about 1-2 weeks to complete the finished bridge. In order to ensure that remaining teeth are protected while the permanent bridge is being constructed, as well as to ensure that the aesthetics of your mouth are maintained, a temporary bridge is made in the office and temporarily placed in your mouth while you wait. Once the permanent bridge is ready, you return to the office to have the temporary bridge removed and the final and permanent bridge cemented into place.