Need to replace missing teeth? At Toothworks, we can help you find the right option. Our dentists at Toothworks King-York Dental in Ontario often replace missing teeth with dental bridges. We explain how the procedure works in this post.
What is a dental bridge?
With a dental bridge, we can literally "bridge" the gap between two healthy teeth (or two dental implants), helping to restore your smile's function and appearance as a result of the procedure.
That said, you are no doubt wondering, "How, does this procedure work, exactly?" Well, our dentists at Toothworks King-York Dental will explain all of this today.
Your dentist will assess you during your appointment and discuss your options for replacing your missing teeth with you. Along with a dental bridge, dental implants and dentures may also be considered.
You'll receive a recommendation from your dentist based on your requirements and financial constraints. If you choose to get a dental bridge, your dentist will take the following steps to begin your treatment:
Preparation & Temporary Bridge Placement
To fill a space, a dental bridge will be attached to the healthy teeth on either side of a gap. The dentist will shape the abutment teeth first to ensure they are properly positioned for the placement of the dental bridge. A local anesthetic will be administered to help you stay as comfortable as possible during this procedure.
Once the dentist has completed the shaping process, an impression of the shaped teeth will be taken. Along with a sample of the colour of your teeth, the impression will be sent to a dental laboratory, where technicians will construct the bridge. the shape, size and colour of your new prosthetic teeth will be closely matched to the size, shape and colour of your natural teeth.
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.
Once this is completed, the dentist will show you what the bridge looks like in your mouth and ask you to practice biting down with it a few times before completing the procedure. At first, you should expect it to feel a little strange, but this will pass quickly.
Once your bridge has been installed, you can take care of it in the same way that you would take care of your natural teeth. Your dental bridge will likely last for many years if you maintain it properly with regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and checkups.