Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth, just like alternative treatments like dental implants and dentures. If you have lost one or more teeth due to dental injuries or chronic dental health problems like tooth decay and gum disease, a dental bridge may be a good choice for you.
Bridges are often preferred if you have been missing one or more natural teeth for multiple years. This is because, unlike dental implants, bridges can be used even if your jaw bone has deteriorated due to bone resorption.
Because the bridge attaches to healthy teeth, they can be used even if your jaw bone is weak. This means you can avoid the additional expense and treatment time of bone grafting, which is required to place an implant if your jaw bone has been weakened.
The process of getting a dental bridge typically takes at least two appointments at Carlson Family Dentistry. At your first appointment, your teeth will be trimmed and your mouth will be prepared for a bridge.
Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson will begin by cleaning your mouth and numbing the treatment area. Then, they will use a dental drill to trim down your abutment teeth, which are the two healthy teeth next to your missing tooth.
Once the abutment teeth have been trimmed, images and dental impressions of your mouth will be taken. This information will be sent to an outside dental lab, where your bridge will be manufactured by expert lab technicians.
This process will take 2-3 weeks, so Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson will attach temporary crowns or a temporary bridge to your abutment teeth. This protects your newly-trimmed teeth until you come back to have your permanent bridge placed.
After your permanent bridges arrive at our office, you’ll come back for your final appointment. Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson will check the fit of your bridge, and make minor adjustments if necessary. Then, your bridge will be bonded into place permanently using powerful dental cement, completing the procedure.