Are missing teeth making it difficult to bite or chew? Dental bridges can makeover your smile and restore functionality.
A bridge is a small row of durable prosthetic teeth meant to replace teeth that are missing. They are called bridges because one prosthetic tooth is placed between two crowns, bridging the gap between your teeth. If you have missing teeth that you would like replaced, ask Kensington Dental Clinic if a bridge is right for you.
Placing a dental bridge is not an invasive procedure and does not require surgery. However, if you’re nervous about discomfort or sensitivity, feel free to ask Kensington Dental Clinic about suitable sedation procedures. Mild sedation can help you feel relaxed and comfortable, and the dentist can do a proper job of placing the dental bridge the right way.
The dentist will first numb the area of the mouth and gums by applying a local anesthetic. He or she will apply the numbing gel onto your gums and then gently inject an anesthetic to numb the area. Local numbing gels help minimize the effect of the injection.
Application of icepacks helps patients who may experience slight discomfort keeping their mouths open during the process.
Dental bridges typically require about two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will remove the enamel and dentin to make space for the crown. Next, our dental team will take impressions of your teeth to fabricate the dental bridges. Once the impressions are taken, they will be sent to the dental laboratory for creating the bridge.
Our dentist will provide a temporary bridge that you can wear to protect your exposed teeth until the permanent bridge is ready. The permanent bridge is usually ready in roughly about a week or so. During the second visit, the dentist will cement the permanent bridge into place.
Patients who have had root canal treatments on the supporting teeth may require additional visits before the dental bridge placement process begins. Once the dental bridge is fitted, your dentist may want to check after a week or so to ensure a comfortable fit.
In general, with good care, a dental bridge can last for as long as ten years.
Our friendly staff are happy to explain the procedure, benefits, and costs and will also clarify any doubts you may have about the process.