The dental bridge procedure begins with a thorough consultation as to why a bridge is needed in the first instance. As part of the consultation process, our experienced dentists will do:
- A thorough clinical examination of the tooth/teeth which require crowns
- A panoramic X-Ray showing us the underlying tooth structure and the health of surrounding teeth
- A periapical X-Ray of the teeth we intend to use as abutment teeth (or supporting teeth) which show us the intrinsic pulpal health of the specific teeth we intend to treat
- Clinical photographs
Once we have decided that a dental bridge is needed and what type of material we will use, we can commence. The bridge procedure involves us trimming tooth structure from teeth on either side of the missing/lost tooth. The idea is to place crowns on these teeth with an additional crown (pontic) fused to the crowns on either side which replaces the missing/lost tooth.
As such, the procedure for a dental bridge is very much the same as it would be for a crown. The exception is that we would be placing crowns on at least 2 teeth (1 tooth on either side of the missing/lost tooth).
The procedure is done by a dentist under local anaesthesia so it is completely painless. However, if the tooth has undergone root canal treatment previously, then anaesthesia may not be required.
Our dentists use specific burs to remove a necessary amount of tooth structure from each surface of the teeth. The amount that is removed depends largely on your bite and the type of bridge material we are using.
We then take an intra-oral scan of the trimmed down teeth which is sent to our laboratory.
The process takes approximately 45-90 minutes but it depends on how many teeth are being crowned for the bridge. If we are replacing more than 1 tooth, then more teeth may be required to support the bridge, not just 1 tooth on either side.
A temporary bridge is made while the permanent bridge is being fabricated.
Once the permanent bridge is ready, the appointment to issue it only takes about 20-30 minutes.
We will remove the temporary dental bridge, clean the abutment teeth surfaces and cement the permanent bridge. Our dentists will then make sure that your bite is comfortable and harmonious with opposing teeth. We will also ensure that you are able to clean and floss around the bridge easily.