Bridges are a form of tooth replacement that can create either one or numerous prosthetic teeth between other teeth, using existing teeth as an anchor point. This is a less invasive way to fill the gaps in your smile, rather than having implants drilled into the jawbone for each required tooth. Dental bridges can assist life in a range of ways including the ability to speak and chew properly, preventing other remaining teeth from moving in the mouth and restoring your smile. This page will guide you right through the steps of obtaining dental bridges.
After your initial consultation and agreeance to the procedure, you will have your first of two scheduled visits to complete the procedure. The first is the preparation appointment. During this, your dental professional will be preparing the teeth which will be used as anchor points. This includes removing enamel on the teeth to allow for crowns to be placed over them to connect to the bridge. Molds will be taken of the teeth to create the prosthetics in a dental lab. You will be provided with a temporary bridge to use prior to the next visit to ensure that the teeth and gum are protected.
Upon your second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed, and the permanent bridge will be adjusted to ensure the correct fit. When the bridge has been successfully fitted, the mouth and bite will be assessed to ensure that it is functioning as required. Some alterations may be required as each person has a different bone structure. Dental cement will be used to secure the bridge in place to ensure that it secured to the anchor points correctly. This can often happen on this second visit, however a third visit may be required to ensure that the bridge is fitted correctly.
Recovery & Cost
As a new section or multiple sections of teeth will be inserted, it is recommended that soft foods are used to start with. Gradually as your moth adjusts to the pressure on the gums, you will be able to chew as before. You may also notice an improvement or difference in your speech with the gaps now being filled. Costs associated with dental bridges can vary drastically dependent on the type of material used to create the bridge, the number of prosthetic teeth required and the shape of each person’s jaw. You will receive an accurate cost after the initial consultation with the dental professional.
With proper care and oral hygiene, dental bridges can last for a number of years. It is often seen that they can have a life span of at least 15 years, but this is of course dependent on the individual’s lifestyle and oral hygiene. It is recommended to brush and floss as usual as well as using an antiseptic mouthwash to ensure the health of the gums surrounding the teeth. This will also assist in preventing decay and gum disease. It is also recommended that you visit for regular checkups, at least once a year.