A bridge is a non-removable restoration used to replace a tooth, or teeth, that are missing.

A bridge can be used to replace missing teeth or teeth that were removed due to extensive decay, to prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position or coming loose, and to replace removable partial dentures.

The Process

To get a bridge restoration you will need to schedule two appointments; a preparation appointment and a permanent cementation appointment. The preparation appointment is done to shape and prepare your anchor teeth (these are the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth) for the permanent bridge, and the cementation appointment is to insert and permanently cement the bridge restoration.

When you come in for your preparation appointment, Dr. Nawrot will first apply a topical gel and local anesthetic. Once you are feeling numb and comfortable he will shape the teeth that will act as anchors (or retainers) for your permanent bridge. These teeth will hold the connected fake (or pontic) tooth in place. He will take impressions of your teeth so that our dental laboratory can have models to create your permanent bridge from. After that a temporary bridge will be placed on your teeth. Once the temporary bridge is in place Dr. Nawrot will make sure it matches your bite, and shape and polish the tooth so that it looks and functions naturally.
It is very important to follow our aftercare instructions for the temporary bridge so that it stays in place until your permanent bridge can be cemented. As with any dental procedure we recommend you are very careful and avoid eating or drinking anything too hot or sharp until the anesthetic has worn off.

At the time of your cementation appointment, approximately two weeks after the preparation appointment, we will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent bridge in its place. After this your tooth will look and feel natural, and you will have full function of it. If anesthetic is used for this appointment, as sometimes it is necessary, please use caution and avoid eating or drinking anything too hot or sharp until the anesthetic has worn off.

Restorations of any kind are not permanent, and may need to be replaced in the future. Regular hygiene appointments will help keep your restorations and teeth healthy, and will allow them to last longer.