A Look at Dental Bridges
Missing teeth are not only a source of embarrassment for many people, they can also cause pain, discomfort, bite alignment issues, bad breath and more. Thankfully, they’re a cosmetic issue that can be repaired and dental bridges are one of the most common and effective fixes for missing teeth.
Dental Bridges Offer Many Benefits
Dental bridges are basically replacement teeth that help restore missing teeth. They come in four major types: Traditional (the most common type), Implant Supported Bridges, Cantilever and Maryland. The type used typically depends on the level of breakage or damage and the dentist’s examination. But no matter the type of bridge you receive, they’re all designed to replace missing teeth and provide a uniform smile. They can also resolve issues with your bite or jaw alignment, chewing and even speech. Bridges are also safe for adults and children.
What Happens During the Placement Procedure
Your dentist will first take measurements of your mouth and teeth because dental bridges are custom-made. The dental laboratory uses a mold of your mouth to create a dental bridge, and because of this process, dental bridge placement is a two-part procedure.
The creation of the bridge usually takes about a week. To protect the teeth surrounding the area and prepare the anchor teeth, temporary crowns may be placed. Once the bridge is prepared, the crowns are removed (if necessary) and the bridge is placed.
Fortunately, dental bridge placement isn’t a surgical procedure, which means you can be awake during the procedure. You may, however, be mildly sedated, and of course, an anesthetic will be applied to your gums. Before the procedure, a topical numbing jelly is applied before a local anesthetic is injected into the gums.
What Happens After the Placement Procedure
After the procedure, there may be soreness in your jaw caused by having your mouth open for the course of the procedure. This soreness can be relieved by ice or over-the-counter pain medications. Recovery time is typically short, with most patients returning to normal eating and speaking within a day or two, and you should have little trouble adapting to a bridge. If you don’t adapt to your bridge soon after it's placed, it may need to be adjusted.
If you would like to learn more about replacing missing teeth with a bridge, contact us to book an appointment with a family dentist. Edmonton and area families visit Bennett Dental for a full range of dental services, including bridges.