Dental Bridge procedures
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared. This involves re-shaping these teeth by removing a portion of enamel and dentin to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of your teeth are made. These impressions serve as a model from which the bridge, false tooth/teeth, and crowns will be made by a dental laboratory. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth while your bridge is being made.
During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may be needed to check the fit of the metal framework and bite of your teeth. If the dental bridge is a fixed (permanent) bridge, your dentist may temporarily cement it in place for a couple of weeks to make sure it is fitting properly. After a couple weeks, the bridge is permanently cemented into place.
Cost of Dental Bridge
Dental Bridge - FAQ
Dental bridges can last 5 to 7 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years.
Replacing missing teeth should actually make eating easier. Until you become used to the bridge, eat soft foods that have been cut into small pieces.
It can be difficult to speak clearly when teeth are missing in the front area of the mouth. Wearing a dental bridge with the front teeth in proper position will help you speak more clearly.
It is important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge depends on the solid foundation of the surrounding teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Your dentist or dental hygienist can demonstrate how to properly brush and floss your teeth. Keeping a regular professional cleaning schedule will help find dental problems early when treatment can be more successful. Eating a balanced diet (more fruits, vegetables and fiber than meats) is important for general body health and oral health.