Dental Bridge Procedure
Running into a friend unexpectedly and seeing their smile of recognition and pleasure is a wonderful surprise that can brighten the day. But if you’re covering your mouth to hide your missing teeth, your friend is deprived of the pleasure of seeing your smile. It doesn’t have to be this way. You have a number of options for restoring your smile and setting it free. If you’re missing just one or two teeth and the rest are healthy and strong, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement solution that typically involves two crowns on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth) and a prosthetic tooth (a pontic) to fill the gap. This is called a traditional fixed bridge, and it is one of several types of bridges. An implant-supported bridge uses implants instead of crowns. A cantilever bridge uses just one crown to support the pontic— it’s used when there’s only one tooth adjacent to the gap, for instance when the missing tooth is a back molar. A Maryland bridge is used on front teeth, and the pontic is supported by wings bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth, rather than crowns. Your dentist will help determine which type of dental bridge is best for you.
What is the dental bridge procedure?
One of the great advantages of dental bridges is that it’s a fairly quick procedure, especially when compared to the months required for dental implants. With a dental bridge, you can go from embarrassment of missing teeth to the confidence of a full, radiant smile in just a couple of weeks. Once you’ve had your consultation with your dentist and determined that it’s the best option for you, the traditional fixed bridge procedure is done in three simple steps:
- Anchor teeth preparation – In order to prepare your anchor teeth for the crowns that support the prosthetic tooth, the dentist will need to reshape them. This involves the removal of some enamel and dentin. We’ll provide you with local anesthesia in order to minimize any discomfort.
- Tooth impressions – The next step is to make impressions of the anchor teeth. These will be used by the lab to customize your crowns for an exact fit.
These first two steps are done during the same appointment, which should take just about 60-90 minutes. You will be sent home with a temporary bridge or temporary crowns in order to protect your teeth while you wait for the lab to customize your permanent bridge. This is typically done within two weeks. Once it’s ready, you’ll return to our office for your bridge placement.
- Permanent bridge placement – During this appointment, you’ll have your temporary crowns or bridge removed and your anchor teeth cleaned. Then, your permanent bridge will be placed, and the crowns will be bonded to the anchor teeth with dental cement in order to ensure a secure fit. Again, we will do our part to ensure that you remain comfortable during this part of the procedure. And then, when it’s all over, we’ll send you home with a full, beautiful smile once again.
The dental bridge may feel unnatural at first, but the adjustment period usually just takes a couple of days. Once you’ve had a chance to get used to your bridge, you’ll come back one more time for a follow-up appointment so we can make sure your dental bridge is still secure and comfortable, and to make any adjustments necessary.
Why Select BioDental for Getting Your Dental Bridges?
BioDental Care is the Tijuana dental bridge expert. We provide exceptional service and the highest quality dental bridges for as much as a 60% savings compared to what you would pay in the United States. We’re just miles from downtown San Diego, and we offer a comprehensive range of dental services. If you are interested in learning more about dental bridges or would like to schedule a dental bridge consultation, contact us today by calling (619) 754-8508.