Overview of dental bridge procedure
If you have a space from a missing tooth or teeth a bridge will be custom made to fill in the space with a false tooth or teeth. The false tooth is attached by the bridge to the two other teeth around the space - bridging them together.
How is dental bridge accomplished?
Your cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth on either side of the space for the false tooth. You will be given a mild anesthetic to numb the area, and the cosmetic dentist will remove the an area of each abutment (teeth on either side of the space) to accommodate for the thickness of the crown. When these teeth already have fillings, part of the filling may be left in place to help as a foundation for the crown.
The dentist will then make an impression, which will serve as the model from which the bridge, false tooth and crowns will be made by a dental laboratory. A temporary bridge will be placed for you to wear while your bridge is being made until your next visit. This temporary bridge will serve to protect your teeth and gums.
Your cosmetic dentist may have you use a Flipper appliance. A Flipper is a false tooth to temporarily take the place of a missing tooth before the permanent bridge is placed. A Flipper can be attached via either a wire or a plastic piece that fits in the roof of your mouth. Flippers are meant to be a temporary solution while awaiting the permanent bridge.
On your second appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed. Your new permanent bridge will be fitted and checked and adjusted for any bite discrepancies. Your new bridge will then be cemented to your teeth.
- Introduction to dental bridges
- Just what is a dental bridge?
- Who is a candidate for dental bridges?
- Procedure description: Dental Bridges
- Types of dental bridges available
- How much do dental bridges cost?
- Pros and cons of getting a dental bridge
- Before and after pictures - dental bridges
- Personal stories from dental bridge patients
- Determining the color for your dental bridge
- Dental bridge message board and discussion
A guide to dental bridges.