What Is The Dental Bridge Process?
If we decide that traditional crown and bridge treatment is right for you, we will begin the process by numbing you with a topical anesthetic, then gently deliver a local anesthetic for your comfort. When you are fully numb, Dr. Tran will remove some of the outside of the abutment teeth to prepare them for crowns, and a precise impression of your mouth will be made. This impression will be used by technicians in our dental lab to create your custom dental bridge.
The process of making your bridge in porcelain-on-metal or all-porcelain may take two weeks or more. During that time, we will provide you with a provisional (temporary) bridge to ensure your comfort. This temporary restoration is made of tooth-colored acrylic to look like your natural teeth. Dr. Tran and his talented assistants will create it here in the office quickly in our on-site lab during your appointment.
When your permanent custom bridge is ready, we will schedule your next appointment. Dr. Tran will remove your provisional bridge, clean the prepared teeth, and expertly fit your new bridge. He will work with you to make slight modifications to the bridge to perfect its fit and the alignment of your bite. Then, he will use durable dental cement to seat the bridge on the abutment teeth, and check your bite again. You should experience a comfortable, strong bite when you return to normal eating. Your porcelain-on-metal or all-porcelain bridge will look like your natural healthy teeth and will match the color of your surrounding teeth.