Designing and Placing Your Dental Bridge
The moment tooth loss occurs, it’s important to meet with a dentist immediately to create a tooth replacement treatment plan. Our dentists at Metropolitan Dental Care use the latest dental technology to examine teeth and gums. They will take the time to meet with you to discuss the available options and customize your treatment plan to your unique needs and desires. If you are deemed a healthy candidate for an implant-supported bridge, dental implant surgery will be performed first. This involves two titanium posts being inserted into your jawbone and a four to six month recovery period. During this healing period, the implants will integrate with the surrounding tissues so as to provide a solid base for the restoration. Once you have fully recovered, the bridge can be designed and placed.
Patients who desire a traditional bridge can go straight to designing their dental bridge. During the first visit, the abutment teeth will be gently prepped. This involves reshaping the outer enamel so the crowns fit smoothly and securely. If you struggle from dental sensitivity, a local anesthetic can be administered beforehand. Once the teeth are complete, digital impressions will be taken and sent to a nearby lab. These impressions provide the necessary tools for the technicians to fabricate the device to match the natural aesthetics of your smile. Temporary crowns can be placed over the abutment teeth while you wait.
When the dental bridge is ready, the dentist will first check that it fits properly before permanently bonding it in place to either your abutment teeth or dental implants. Once in place, you can immediately enjoy better health and restored confidence.