What Does Getting a Fixed Bridge Involve?
Getting a bridge usually involves several visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared. A portion of the enamel will be removed to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory so your bridge can be fabricated. A temporary bridge will be made, which can be worn for about three weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, the bridge foundation, known as the framework, will be carefully checked to ensure a proper fit. The dentist will select a shade of porcelain that is a good match with your adjacent teeth. The temporary bridge is cemented back in your mouth.
At the follow-up visit (usually 2 weeks later), the permanent bridge is ready to be inserted. The dentist will try it on, adjusting it as needed, polishing and inserting it with a permanent cement. To ensure the longevity of your permanent bridge, be sure to brush and floss every day and go for regular, routine dental visits.