The Procedure: What to Expect
If you need dental implants, surgery will be required. Otherwise, a dental bridge procedure takes two appointments to complete.
During the first visit, your dentist will file down the adjacent teeth to prepare them for the crowns. Next, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This will be used to create a custom bridge. In the meantime, you’ll be fitted with a temporary bridge to protect the filed teeth.
During the second visit, your dentist will replace the temporary bridge with the permanent prosthesis by cementing the crowns to your filed teeth or dental implants.
How to Take Care of Your Dental Bridge
If properly maintained, a dental bridge can last 10 years or longer. The key is to prevent tooth decay, which can weaken your abutment teeth and cause your crowns to loosen or fall off. To avoid this, you should:
- Brush your natural and artificial teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush
- Floss between your teeth and beneath your artificial teeth daily, using a floss threader if necessary
- Schedule a professional cleaning and dental exam twice a year
Additionally, be sure to drink plenty of water, limit your consumption of sugary food and avoid smoking or chewing tobacco products.