Bridges follow the same guidelines as crowns, but it’s just that two teeth are prepared instead of just one in order to fill a missing gap. Importance is stressed in filling the space because there are many consequences if it isn’t taken care of. If the space is not treated, teeth may begin to shift, tilt and supraerupt, causing even further and more expensive problems down the line.
Bridges, dentures and implants are great options to permanently fill missing spaces, which the doctor will go over with you to see what your expectations are and provide you recommendations for your situation.
What to Expect
For bridges in the smile zone, a tooth shade may be decided upon together to make sure the cap matches your tooth color
Photos may be taken during this time that will be sent to the lab for color matching accuracy
For your comfort, numbing jelly and anesthetic may be applied to the areas where work will be done
An impression will be taken to help create a temporary bridge while your permanent bridge is being created in the lab
After confirming the teeth are ready for treatment, the doctor and assistant will work efficiently and effectively together to remove all of the bacteria and infection and prepare the teeth to allow a bridge to be placed using a variety of instruments and handpieces with burs
The doctor may place filling material to build your teeth back up to a support a bridge and once everything is adjusted, a final impression will be taken that the lab will use to make your permanent bridge
A temporary bridge is then made to protect the teeth during the time the lab is processing your bridge
Post-op instructions will be provided and your next appointment scheduled for placement of your permanent bridge
Nitrous nor anesthetic is typically unnecessary for placing the permanent crown, but we will administer if you or the doctor find it necessary
The temporary bridge will be removed
The permanent bridge will be tried in and adjustments made to assure proper fit and that your bite is right