Our Penticton dentists use dental bridges to replace missing teeth. Here's how the procedure works.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge literally "bridges" the space left by two healthy teeth (or two dental implants), aiding in the restoration of the function and overall appearance of the smile.
But you are no doubt wondering, 'how, exactly, does this procedure work?" Well, our Penticton 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 provide you with a recommendation based on your needs and available budget. If you choose a dental bridge, your treatment will start with the actions listed below:
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.
Following the shaping procedure, the dentist will take an impression of the shaped teeth and send it, along with a sample of your teeth's colour, to a dental laboratory. The bridge will be built by technicians using the impressions left there. Your new prosthetic teeth will closely match the colour, size, and shape of your natural teeth in terms of size, shape, and colour.
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 ask you to practise biting down with the bridge a few times before finishing the process. Once this is finished, the dentist will show you how the bridge appears in your mouth. It might feel a little strange at first, but that will pass quickly.
Following installation, you can maintain your bridge in the same manner that you would your natural teeth. If you take good care of your dental bridge by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist for cleanings and checkups on a regular basis, it should last you for many years.