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Dental bridge: Procedure

What you should expect if you need a teeth bridge

Written by south Florida cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeffrey Lissauer, serving Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach

The first step of a dental bridge is a thorough evaluation by your dentist to ensure the procedure is necessary and the correct option for you. If a bridge is needed, the procedure typically takes two visits:

First Visit

At the first visit, your dentist will begin by numbing the teeth and the surrounding gums, which will ensure your comfort throughout the appointment.

In order for the dental bridge to fit properly, the teeth on each side of the gap will be filed down to specific dimensions. Then, a mold of your teeth will be taken with an extremely detailed material. You and your dentist will discuss the desired color of the dental bridge.

Some patients want the bridge to be slightly lighter than their natural teeth. In this scenario, teeth whitening is often suggested before choosing the bridge’s color to ensure a proper match.

The mold of the teeth will be sent to the dental laboratory where the dental bridge will be made to the dentist’s exact specifications.

While the dental laboratory makes the final bridge, you will have a temporary bridge made of a tooth colored material that matches your other teeth. The temporary bridge is placed with temporary cement, so the temporary can be removed next visit when the final bridge is ready.

Second visit:

At the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and try in the final bridge. After ensuring the proper fit with an x-ray, your bite will be checked and adjusted if the bridge is too high. If you are satisfied with the appearance, extremely adhesive cement will be used to cement the dental bridge in place.

Why I wrote these articles on dental bridges:

In my office, bridges are an extremely common procedure to replace missing teeth. Do you remember when you were 15 years old and could not imagine losing a tooth? As we age, losing a tooth may unfortunately become a reality. Whenever a new patient comes to my office missing a tooth or several teeth, I explain the benefits of replacing them as soon as possible. The internet unfortunately offers insufficient information about this subject, and people delay seeing the dentist as a result. So, I decided to write these articles and provide extensive information about the advantages, disadvantages, types, costs, and indications of dental bridges and implants to replace missing teeth. I hope you enjoy the articles. If you have any further questions about bridges or implants or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please feel free to contact us.

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