Our St-Eustache dentists use dental bridges to replace missing teeth. Here's how the procedure works.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge fills the space between two healthy teeth (or two dental implants) and helps restore both the function and appearance of the smile.
But maybe you are wondering how this procedure works. Our St-Eustache dentists are here to walk you through this procedure.
During this first step, your dentist will talk to you about the different possible options to replace your missing teeth. In addition to a dental bridge, dentures and dental implants can also be considered.
Your dentist will make a recommendation based on your needs and your budget. If you opt for a dental bridge, here are the steps of the treatment:
Preparation and installation of the temporary bridge
Dental bridges are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the space to be filled. The dentist must first shape the abutment teeth so that they are correctly positioned for the placement of the bridge. Local anesthesia will be administered to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout this procedure.
Once this step is completed, an impression of the surrounding teeth will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory, along with a sample of the color of your teeth. Technicians will build the bridge based on the impressions. The color, size and shape of your new denture teeth will closely match the color, size and shape of your natural teeth.
While designing your permanent bridge, you'll likely have a temporary bridge to wear so you'll be comfortable while you wait.
Permanent placement of the dental bridge
During this procedure, local anesthesia will be administered to ensure that you are comfortable.
The temporary bridge will be removed by the dentist, who will then carefully clean the teeth surrounding the space to be filled. The dental bridge will then be attached to the abutment teeth.
Once this operation is complete, the dentist will show you what the bridge looks like in your mouth and ask you to practice biting it several times before completing the procedure. At first, you should expect it to feel a bit strange, but that will pass quickly.
Once your bridge is attached, you can care for it the same way you would care for your natural teeth. Your dental bridge will likely last for many years if you maintain it properly. To do this, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily and visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.