Our Okotoks dentists use dental bridges to replace missing teeth. Here's how the procedure works.
What is a dental bridge?
As a result of the procedure, a dental bridge literally "bridges" the gap between two healthy teeth (or two dental implants), restoring both the function and appearance of the smile as a whole.
But you are no doubt wondering, 'how, exactly, does this procedure work?" Well, our Okotoks dentists are here to explain all of this to you.
During the assessment portion of the appointment, your dentist will talk to you about your options for replacing your missing teeth. In addition to a dental bridge, dentures and dental implants may also be considered.
Your dentist will make a recommendation based on your needs and budgetary restrictions. If you choose a dental bridge, the treatment will begin with the following steps:
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 has completed the process of shaping your teeth, an impression will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory along with a sample of your tooth colour. Technicians will build the bridge based on the impressions taken there. Your new prosthetic teeth will closely resemble your natural teeth in terms of colour, size, and shape.
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.
The dentist will then demonstrate what the bridge will look like in your mouth and have you practice biting down with it before completing the procedure. Expect it to feel a little strange at first, but this will pass quickly.
After the bridge has been installed, it can be cared for in the same manner as natural teeth. If you brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations, your dental bridge will likely last for many years.