What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge serves as a literal bridge between two healthy teeth (or dental implants), effectively restoring the function and appearance of the entire smile.
But you are no doubt wondering, 'how, exactly, does this procedure work?" Our Corner Brook dentists explain below!
During the evaluation phase of your appointment, your dentist will discuss the available options for replacing your missing teeth. Alongside a dental bridge, dentures and dental implants may also be considered.
Based on your specific needs and financial considerations, your dentist will provide a personalized recommendation. If you opt for a dental bridge, the following steps will be taken to initiate your treatment:
Preparation & Temporary Bridge Placement
Dental bridges are attached to the healthy teeth on either side of a gap in order to fill the space. The dentist must first shape the abutment teeth in order for them to be properly positioned for the placement of the bridge. A local anesthetic will be administered to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout this procedure.
After the dentist finishes shaping your teeth, an impression of the shaped teeth will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory, along with a sample of your tooth color. Skilled technicians at the laboratory will use these impressions to construct the bridge. They will closely match the color, size, and shape of the prosthetic teeth to your natural teeth.
While your permanent bridge is being built, you may be provided with a temporary bridge to wear so that you are comfortable in the meantime.
Permanent Bridge Placement
It will be possible to install your new, custom-made bridge once it has been completed. During this procedure, a local anesthetic will be administered to ensure that you remain comfortable.
The temporary bridge will be removed by the dentist, who will then carefully clean the teeth surrounding the gap. When the dental bridge is attached to the abutment teeth, dental cement will typically be used to hold it in place.
After the construction of the bridge, the dentist will show you how it looks in your mouth and ask you to practice biting down with it several times before finalizing the procedure. Initially, it may feel unfamiliar, but this sensation will subside quickly.
Once your bridge has been installed, you can take care of it in the same way that you would take care of your natural teeth. Your dental bridge will likely last for many years if you maintain it properly with regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and checkups.