The dental bridge procedure typically involves several steps, which may vary depending on the specific case and the type of dental bridge being placed. Here is a general overview of what happens during a dental bridge procedure:
Initial Examination and Treatment Planning
During your first visit, the dentist will conduct a comprehensive oral examination, which may include dental X-rays and impressions of your teeth. They will assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and bone structure to determine if a dental bridge is the right treatment option for you.
Preparation of Abutment Teeth
If you are getting a traditional or cantilever bridge, the next step involves preparing the abutment teeth. The dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area. Then, they will reshape the abutment teeth by removing a portion of their enamel.
Temporary Bridge Placement
After the abutment teeth are prepared, temporary crowns or a temporary bridge may be placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the final bridge is being fabricated. This temporary restoration allows you to eat and speak normally until your permanent bridge is ready.
The impressions taken of your teeth are sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians will create your custom dental bridge. They will carefully design the bridge to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, ensuring a natural appearance and proper fit.
Bridge Fitting and Adjustment
Once the final bridge is ready, you will return to the dentist’s office for its placement. The dentist will remove the temporary bridge or crowns and clean the abutment teeth. They will then check the fit and appearance of the new bridge and make any necessary adjustments to ensure proper alignment, bite, and aesthetics.
After the dentist ensures the bridge fits correctly, it is time for permanent placement. The abutment teeth and the bridge will be thoroughly cleaned, and dental cement is applied to the inner surface of the bridge. The dentist will carefully position the bridge onto the abutment teeth and ensure a secure fit.
Post-Treatment Instructions and Follow-up
The dentist will provide you with instructions on caring for your new dental bridge, including proper oral hygiene practices and dietary recommendations. They may schedule a follow-up visit to check the bridge’s stability, make any necessary adjustments, and ensure your comfort and satisfaction.