Understanding the Need for Bridge Work
Bridge work is a popular solution for missing teeth. It can enhance your smile and restore proper chewing ability. Missing teeth can lead to shifts in surrounding teeth, causing bite issues. By preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure, bridge work offers a durable and long-lasting solution for tooth loss.
The Procedure of Dental Bridge Work
The procedure of dental bridge work involves several steps to ensure a proper fit. At Sensational Smiles, it begins with an initial consultation and treatment planning. Abutment teeth are then prepared to support the bridge, and a temporary bridge is fitted while the permanent one is being fabricated.
The final step involves placing and adjusting the permanent bridge for optimum comfort and function.
Initial Consultation and Treatment Planning
During the initial consultation, the experts at Sensational Smiles will assess your oral health and discuss your goals. X-rays and impressions may be taken to aid in treatment planning. The procedure, benefits, and potential risks of dental bridge work will be explained. Treatment options and materials based on your needs will be discussed, and a customized treatment plan will be created.
Preparation of Abutment Teeth
When preparing the abutment teeth for bridge work, a small amount of enamel is removed to make room for the dental crowns, including artificial crowns, that will support the bridge. Impressions of the prepared teeth are taken to create the bridge and crowns, while temporary crowns or bridges may be placed to protect the exposed teeth during fabrication.
Dr. Mary-Stuart Gallian will ensure proper alignment and occlusion before proceeding. Gold collar crowns with porcelain fronts are often used on the upper anterior teeth to lengthen them sufficiently to restore the occlusion.
Fitting of Temporary Bridge
Once the abutment teeth are prepared, a temporary bridge is custom-made and fitted onto them. This temporary bridge not only protects the exposed teeth, but also allows for normal chewing and speaking. It also helps you become familiar with the look and feel of a dental bridge, providing a fixed solution compared to removable dentures.
It’s crucial to maintain good oral hygiene during this time. The temporary bridge is worn until the permanent bridge is ready for placement.
Placement of Permanent Dental Bridge
After careful checks for fit, color, and bite, the permanent dental bridge is securely cemented onto the abutment teeth using dental adhesive. Dr. Gallian ensures proper alignment and occlusion, making necessary adjustments for comfort and functionality. Post-procedure care instructions are provided for maintenance.
Post-procedure Care for Dental Bridges
After getting a dental bridge, proper oral hygiene practices are crucial for its maintenance. Ensure regular brushing and flossing to prevent plaque buildup around the bridge. Avoid hard or sticky foods to prolong its lifespan. Regular dental check-ups are necessary to ensure its good condition and functionality.
Oral Hygiene Practices
Maintaining good oral hygiene practices is essential for the longevity and health of your dental bridge. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean between your teeth and around the bridge. Rinse your mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce bacteria, and avoid using your teeth as tools or chewing on hard objects. Regular professional cleanings are also important.
Regular Dental Check-ups
Regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining the condition and longevity of your dental bridge. During these check-ups, your dentist will carefully examine the bridge for wear, cracks, or loose components. X-rays may also be taken to assess the supporting teeth and underlying bone.
By detecting any issues early on, adjustments or repairs can be made to prevent further damage. Regular check-ups play a crucial role in ensuring the success of your bridge work and overall oral health.
Call Sensational Smiles for a consultation, today!
Bridges improve overall oral health by filling gaps caused by missing teeth, preventing tooth shifting and food particle accumulation. It not only restores your smile but also improves your overall oral health. If you have missing teeth, don’t hesitate to contact Sensational Smiles to discuss the benefits and procedure of dental bridge work. Your perfect smile awaits!