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Preparing for Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth, and is not removable. The bridge is supported by the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth, creating a bridge across them. There are different reasons that a person might need a bridge. Its main function is to give support and replace missing teeth with the help of the surrounding teeth. While missing teeth can severely change a person’s smile, a bridge can make it whole and beautiful again.

Is the preparation of bridgework painful?

Just like any other filling, the teeth prepared for bridgework are done under anesthesia, so it is not painful. The only time pain could become a concern is if the nerve is inflamed and a root canal is needed.

What is involved in preparing teeth for bridgework?

Preparing a tooth means re-shaping it in order to restore it. Some teeth may need more extensive preparation than others depending on the condition on the tooth being covered. Just like a foundation of a house, the foundation work done before placing a bridge is vital to ensure that the final product is strong and will last. In addition, if the sides of the tooth preparation are not close to parallel then the bridge will not stay on correctly.

How will my prepared teeth be protected until I receive my bridge?

The dentist prepares the teeth and takes an impression of the prepared teeth in order for the bridges to be made. While the bridges are created by a dental technician, the dentist places temporary acrylic or resin bridges on the prepared teeth to protect them, prevent them from shifting, and to prevent sensitivity. With these temporary bridges, the patient can eat normally. Once the permanent bridge is created, the temporary one will be removed and the permanent one placed over the prepared teeth.

Dr. Greenberg and his team are experts in bridgework and take the best care to ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible for their patients. Talk to them about any questions you may have about bridges and how they can help you restore your smile.

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