Bridges are like crowns that span multiple teeth. Bridges are named appropriately since they bridge the gap between healthy teeth using a combination of dental crowns and artificial teeth. As a restorative and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Schreiner can discuss with you why bridges may be a solution for you if you are missing teeth, but are not ready for dentures.
What is it like to get a dental bridge?
Before beginning a bridge procedure, James M. Schreiner, DDS will evaluate for decay or gum disease and treat when necessary. He will then measure and inspect the area in order to get sizing for the bridge. The traditional way of bridge attachment is for the surrounding healthy teeth next to the missing tooth/teeth to be filed down in preparation for the bridge installation. This is similar to the process of placing a crown. For this part of the procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The alternative method is for dental implants to secure the bridge in place, and Dr. Schreiner would be happy to discuss these options with you. With either option, Dr. Schreiner will take a mold of the area and send it off to a lab for the creation of a bridge made just to fit your mouth. Dr. Schreiner uses labs only in the United States and does not outsource to lesser quality labs found in foreign countries. You may receive a temporary bridge while the permanent one is being created. Once your dental bridge is created, you will return to the office of James M. Schreiner, DDS where he can place your permanent bridge.
WHEN IS A DENTAL BRIDGE NEEDED?
Bridges are most commonly used when there is a tooth missing. Aside from the esthetic benefits, replacing your missing tooth/teeth is important to prevent bite problems, chewing problems, and jaw pain that can come from having a missing tooth.
WHAT AFTERCARE IS REQUIRED?
After your procedure, the anesthesia will wear off and you may feel some soreness and a little bleeding from your gums. This irritation should last only a few days, and you might also find you are sensitive to hot and cold during this time as well. Although it may take several weeks for your gums to completely heal, you should be able to return to normal activities after a few days. It is important to keep your dental bridge in good condition by brushing and flossing regularly.