Our Kamloops 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 gap between two healthy teeth (or two dental implants), thereby 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 Kamloops 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, dental implants may also be considered.
Based on your needs and financial constraints, your dentist will make a recommendation for you. If you decide to get a dental bridge, you'll need to take the following steps to get started:
Preparation & Temporary Bridge Placement
To fill a gap, dental bridges are attached to the healthy teeth on either side of the gap. To properly position the abutment teeth for the placement of the bridge, the dentist must first shape them. You will be given a local anesthetic to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
After the dentist has finished shaping your teeth, an impression of them will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory, along with a sample of your teeth's color. Based on the impressions made there, technicians will construct the bridge. Your new prosthetic teeth will be a close match to the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth in terms of color, 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 clean the teeth around the gap with care. Dental cement is typically used to hold the dental bridge in place when it is attached to the abutment teeth.
The dentist will then show you how the bridge will look in your mouth and ask you to practice biting down with it a few times before finishing the procedure. You should expect it to feel strange at first, but that will pass quickly.
You can care for your bridge in the same way that you would your natural teeth once it has been installed. Regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental cleanings and checkups, will help your dental bridge last for many years.