Fixed Bridgework

Teeth can be lost by accident, decay or bone loss.  When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth often drift out of position, placing stress on adjacent tissues and teeth. Eating, speaking and chewing may be more difficult. You may also feel self-conscious about your appearance. If not replaced, you may loose the adjacent and opposing teeth prematurely.

A bridge is a replacement tooth that is supported and attached by a crown on either side of the space. The two side teeth (abutment teeth) are prepared to provide support for the bridge.

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To replace a missing tooth with a bridge, teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared. The custom made bridge is fitted and cemented into place.

A better alternative to a bridge is often an implant.

Post-operative Instructions for Bridge Treatment

Bridges are usually completed in two appointments. Today your teeth were prepared for a permanent bridge and a temporary bridge was placed on the teeth for protection. A temporary bridge is easily removed, therefore care must be taken not to dislodge it before your permanent bridge is placed. Do not chew sticky foods such as caramel. When flossing, pull the floss out the side; do not pop it through the contact with the tooth next to it. You will not be able to floss between the teeth of your temporary bridge. If your temporary bridge comes off, you can place some toothpaste inside it and put it back on, then call our office during normal business hours and we will re-cement it for you. It will take about 15 minutes. Do not forget to bring the temporary with you to the appointment! Do not leave your temporary off, even if you have no discomfort. Without a temporary bridge to hold your teeth in place, your teeth can move causing your new bridge not to fit. If that occurs, you would have to purchase another bridge.

Your gums may be sore. Warm salt water rinses will speed healing.

You may have sensitivity to hot or cold. This is common and normal.

If you feel like you are biting first or harder on your temporary or permanent bridge, call us for an adjustment or you will develop a sore tooth.

Be sure to brush and floss your new bridge. With a bridge, you will need a special floss threader or other aids to reach and clean all areas properly.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office. Questions are always welcome.

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