Fixed Dental Bridges

A bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth. It is called a fixed bridge because it is not removable.
A bridge is a structure, supported by teeth on either side of a space.
It spans the gap between teeth, just as a bridge spans a river.


Bridge + prepared teeth


Bridge in place


How is a bridge made?

The first step is to prepare the supports for the bridge.
Replacement crowns are placed over existing teeth as supports for a bridge.
The dentist pares down the teeth on either side of the gap, and takes an impression of the prepared teeth.
This is then sent to the dental technician where the bridge is made.
The technician will make a replacement crown for each prepared tooth.
These crowns are joined to an artificial tooth, which replaces the missing tooth.
dentist will then cement the completed bridge over the prepared teeth.


Preparation


New bridge


How will my pared down teeth be protected until I receive my bridge?
The dentist will make and install a temporary acrylic bridge that will protect the teeth and prevent sensitivity.
You can eat normally with a temporary bridge. It will also look good.

Homecare After Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the teeth are prepared. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restorations are being made. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. several hours after the appointment.

Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. On rare occasions, temporary crowns come off. Call us if this happens and keep the temporary so we can re-cement it. It’s very important for the proper fit of your final restoration that temporaries stay in place. It’s normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after each appointment.

Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water to reduce pain and swelling. Use medication only as directed. To help your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. It’s important to continue to brush normally but floss very carefully, and remove the floss from the side to prevent removal of the temporary crown. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.