Dental bridges

Procedure for dental bridges

Please note, there are many different scenarios when it comes to replacing teeth, and the exact treatment procedure will vary depending on your own individual needs.

Dental Assessment: The first step of any treatment is to have your teeth, gums and mouth assessed by a dental professional. X-rays are very likely to be taken, and this will help your dentist with the prognosis. This is a very important part of the treatment, as its important to determine what treatments are suitable and if there are any other underlying conditions that are developing in the background.

Tooth Preparation: For traditional bridges, your adjacent teeth will need to be prepared for the crowns to be placed on top at the fitting appointment. A local anaesthetic is used to numb the area before your dentist will use his professional dental tools to carefully file-away some of the tooth structure. Once your teeth have been prepared, an impression of the prepared teeth and missing tooth site will be taken. This impression is sent off to a dental laboratory, so they can make your new custom made bridge. In the interim period while you are waiting for your bridge to come back, a temporary bridge will be fitted in place (using a dental cement).

Fit: At the fit appointment, your dentist will bond your new bridge ontop of the prepared teeth with the dental crowns. An important part of this procedure is to ensure that your new bridge does not interfere with the bite alignment.

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