What is the procedure for a bridge placement?
It usually takes at least two office visits to prepare and place a bridge. Normally, the procedure involves using a local anesthetic to keep patients comfortable. The two anchor teeth on either side of the gap will be prepped for crowns by removing a small part of the enamel. We will then take precise impressions of your teeth to create molds for your prosthetic to be constructed. In the interim, you will wear a temporary bridge to close in the gaps of missing teeth. When it is time to place your permanent bridge, you will return to our office and we will bond it to the crowns on your anchor teeth.
How should I care for my fixed bridge?
It is very important that bridges are cleaned properly. Continue to brush and floss the anchor teeth and bridge the same way you clean your other teeth. Take special care to remove any debris that might be hiding beneath the prosthetic. Patients should also make sure to visit our office regularly for dental clenings and checkups so that our team can make sure the bridge is free of debris and tartar buildup.