Dental bridges are used to fill the gap between two teeth in the event that there are teeth missing or teeth have been removed. Similar to crowns, dental bridges can be fabricated using many different materials. The material chosen depends on the aesthetic demand, the way the teeth fit together and the size of the gap being replaced. The best material for your mouth will be discussed with you by your dentist.
One important element to note with dental bridges is that you must wait for healing before having them fitted after a tooth extraction, this gives you enough time for gums to heal so that the bridge can be fitted properly.
- Your dentist gives you a local anaesthetic.
- To make room for the crown or bridge, your dentist files down the tooth that is to be crowned or used as a supporting tooth for the bridge.
- An impression of the prepared tooth and nearby teeth is taken. This impression is used to custom-make your final crown/bridge. The final crown or bridge will be custom made and will be the right shape for your mouth.
- Until your final crown/bridge is ready (usually 1-2 weeks), your dentist places a temporary crown/bridge over the area that is being restored. The temporary crown/bridge is made using an impression of your tooth before it was filed down. It protects your tooth until the final crown/bridge is ready. A temporary crown may not have the same shape and colour as a final crown/bridge.
- On your next visit, your dentist takes off the temporary crown/bridge and puts on the final one. Your dentist checks to make sure the crown/bridge is the right fit, shape, colour and bite. If it is, your dentist cements the crown/bridge into place.
As you can see, crowns and bridges can be extremely beneficial in some cases. Costs vary depending on the number of teeth involved and material used. If you think you may need them or would like to book a consultation to learn more, contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our dentists.