First, your dentist will prepare your anchor teeth — the two natural teeth that remain at either side of the gap — by filing them down under a local anaesthetic. Once your anchor teeth are prepared, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and gums.
If you opt for a full porcelain bridge, your dentist will capture a digital scan and send it to our CEREC® milling machine, which will fabricate your bridge while you wait. This method allows us to complete your bridge fitting in a single appointment.
If you choose an alternative material, we will need to take a traditional dental mould and send it away to a dental laboratory, where a technician will fabricate your bridge. You will need to attend a second appointment to have it fitted.
Once your bridge is ready, your dentist will position it and check for a good fit and a proper bite, then cement your bridge in place.
With the proper care, a bridge will last 5 to 15 years on average, depending on the material you choose and your oral hygiene routine.
The most obvious benefit of a dental bridge is restoring the aesthetic look of your smile.
Some patients also find that a large gap left behind by several adjacent missing teeth can impact their speech and their chewing ability which a dental restoration can correct.
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