The fixed bridge has long been the treatment of choice to replace missing teeth when healthy teeth are available on both sides of the space. Not only does a dental bridge give you a beautiful smile again, it helps you to chew and speak normally. A bridge can also help keep your other teeth in alignment and prevent future dental issues.
Getting A Bridge
Getting a dental bridge requires at least two appointments. In the first, the dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the space and make an impression to be sent to the dental lab to guide the construction of the bridge. In some cases, a temporary bridge may be worn while the permanent bridge is being built.
In the second visit, the bridge is inserted into the mouth and the fit is adjusted. Because a bridge uses a metal wire framework, adjusting the fit for comfort is an important aspect of the second visit.
Depending on the type of bridge, it may be secured into place during the second visit. Otherwise, it may be worn for several weeks and then readjusted before being secured.
- Getting a dental bridge will make it easier to enjoy all your favorite foods in due time. However, there may be a preliminary period where you’ll want eat soft foods and/or foods that have been cut up into small pieces. Once you have become accustomed to the bridge, you can eat anything you like!
- Cleaning a bridge is as simple as brushing and flossing. There are generally no specific care instructions.