A bridge is a non-removable restoration made to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
The steps in preparing and fitting a bridge are similar to those of a crown.
The teeth on either side of the gap are trimmed and covered with crowns which serve as anchors for the replacement tooth/teeth that are attached to the framework of the adjacent crowns.
The whole piece is then cemented firmly in place.
Oral hygiene must be kept at good levels for a bridge to have good long term prognosis, flossing under the bridge is an added daily hygiene routine.
If your procedure required numbing, you will need to be careful not to bite your lip, cheek or tongue, the numbness can last anywhere from 2 – 8 hours after the appointment, also avoid hot beverages or food.
- You will need to avoid eating anything hard or chewy on the temporarily cemented crown/bridge, they can be quite flimsy and can be flicked off quite easily.
- Try to avoid flossing and toothpicks.
- If the temporary does come off, give us a call to decipher whether we should re cement it or not.
- Your gum around the area and the tooth in question, will be tender and sensitive for a few days following the procedure, due to the work we have done on and around the tooth.
- Once the permanent has been inserted, you will need to avoid flossing and toothpicks for 24 hours, whilst the cement is setting.
- Certain flossing techniques will need to be followed with newly inserted bridges and crowns, this will be shown to you at the end of your appointment.
- The cementation will also cause some discomfort at the duration of the appointment and sensitivity can last up to 2 weeks.