Losing a tooth is no fun for anyone. Thankfully there are a few different options to restore your beautiful smile and make losing that tooth a distant memory. One option that your dentist and oral health therapist might recommend is getting a dental bridge, so in this post we are going to explain what you need to know.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is basically a replacement tooth to fill in a gap left by a previous tooth. Instead of using a screw to attach the tooth into the underlying gum like an implant does, a bridge is held in place with either one or two crowns on either side of the gap.
There are different kinds of bridges, and the right one for your situation is determined by the position in the mouth and the condition of the surrounding teeth. It’s also possible to get a bridge for more than one tooth for times when multiple teeth have been knocked out.
Why would I need a bridge?
Whether you lost a tooth after an accident, an injury or from a medical condition, you’re left with an unsightly gap that makes it difficult to chew, causes you discomfort and may even affect your speech. Plus, it’s more than likely that you are embarrassed to give a big toothy smile or talk up close with colleagues or friends.
Getting a dental bridge means that a person can get back to normal functionality and feel more comfortable.
What to expect when you need to get a bridge
Once your dentist and oral health therapist has discussed the options with you and you have confirmed that a bridge is the best way to go, this is the process that you can expect with the dentist.
- Measurements and imprints will be taken of your mouth to get the right fit for the bridge. You may have temporary crowns inserted to protect your other teeth, but this will depend on where in your mouth the gap is and how you lost your tooth.
- Once your bridge is ready, you will be numb in the area, and nervous patients may be able to have a mild sedation.
- Any temporary crowns will be removed, and the bridge put in place using non-toxic cement. Your dental team will ensure that it sits correctly, and that you don’t feel any discomfort.
- You’ll be asked to keep your mouth open for some time after the procedure. This can feel uncomfortable for most people, but the discomfort can be managed with pain relief or an ice pack.
How long is the recovery?
The recovery time is very short, and you should be able to eat and do everything as normal not long after you have your procedure. You will be asked to go back for a follow up appointment to ensure that everything is as it should be, and of course you can let your dentist know if there is something that doesn’t feel right once the anaesthetic wears off.
Have a gap you need to fix?
Talk to our dental team for friendly advice on whether a dental bridge could be right for you. We always love welcoming new patients at Coburg Hill Oral Care, so feel free to make an appointment whether you are wanting to fix an unsightly gap, or you haven’t had a check up in a while.