A bridge is a very intelligent way of replacing missing teeth by using existing teeth on either side of the gap. There are several versions of a bridge;
After an initial assessment and treatment plan, the tooth, or teeth, are prepared for the bridge. This involves shaping the tooth in order to fit the bridge without affecting your natural bite. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the teeth involved in the bridge preparation. This ensures that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. The amount of tooth reduction required will depend on the specific case and the type of bridge being used. Once the teeth are prepared, a scan is taken of the teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. This produces a 3D image of the area which is then sent to the dental laboratory who create a custom bridge that fits precisely in your mouth. While the permanent bridge is being fabricated at the dental laboratory, a temporary bridge is usually placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums. This temporary bridge is typically made from acrylic and provides aesthetic and functional benefits until the final bridge is ready. The shade of the permanent bridge will be determined by matching it to the color of your natural teeth for a more seamless blend.
In a subsequent appointment, the final bridge will be cemented or bonded onto the prepared teeth, restoring your smile, improving your bite, and filling the gap caused by missing teeth.
After getting a dental bridge, it’s important to follow proper aftercare instructions to ensure the longevity and health of your bridge. Here are some essential guidelines to keep in mind: