In this post, we want to answer some of your burning questions about dental bridges. Whether you just got your dental bridge, are considering getting a dental bridge, or have a friend or family member with a dental bridge, you probably have some questions!
So, here are the most common questions we get asked about dental bridges here at Columbia River Dentistry.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a type of dental implant used to replace a missing tooth. You may need a dental bridge because you lost a tooth in an accident, because of tooth decay, or through another dental emergency.
Dental bridges are a type of false teeth made out of ceramic, metal, or porcelain. They are attached to your adjoining teeth by two dental crowns and a metal framework.
Dental bridges are less invasive than dental implants and can be a great choice for you if the rest of your teeth are relatively healthy. They are also recommended by dentists if you suffer from jawbone loss or damage because dental implants may further endanger your jawbone.
With a dental bridge, you can fill the gap in your teeth, improve your eating and speech, and avoid invasive surgery or full or partial dentures.
What is the Dental Bridge Procedure Like?
Putting in a dental bridge is a noninvasive procedure that takes two to three dentist visits, each about one to two hours long.
At your first visit, your dentist will measure and assess your affected teeth. They will create a mold of your missing tooth and the teeth surrounding it. They will also place a temporary bridge while your permanent bridge is being created.
This visit will also allow your dentist to do any necessary recontouring or reshaping of your adjacent teeth to prepare them for receiving dental crowns.
Your second visit will be the main part of the procedure. Your dentist will place your dental bridge, including crowns, framework, and the replacement tooth (called a pontic) using local anesthetics.
Your dentist may require you to schedule a follow-up visit a few weeks after your procedure so they can ensure your dental bridge is placed correctly.
How Long Will My Dental Bridge Last?
With proper oral health, good hygiene practices, and regular dental checkups, your dental bridge should last you up to fifteen years or even longer. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help maintain your dental bridge.
For more information on how to take care of your dental bridge, check out our blog post on flossing with a dental bridge!
How Long Does It Take to Get Used to a Dental Bridge?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get here! Many patients are worried that having a dental bridge will cause them discomfort or be difficult to get used to.
Dental bridges, like any other dental work, can take you up to a week to get adjusted to. However, once your mouth is used to the feeling of the dental bridge, you won’t even notice it!
If your dental bridge is still causing you discomfort after a week of wearing it, you may want to schedule a follow-up dental visit so your dentist can ensure the bridge is sitting correctly and make any needed adjustments.
Get In Touch
Do you have more questions about dental bridges or other dental procedures? Then contact us here at Columbia River Dentistry in Vancouver, Washington. Our friendly dental hygienists and other staff members can help you find the dental care you need! We offer routine checkups, cleanings, cavity fillings, and much more.
Give us a call today to schedule your first visit (360) 828-7435!