Your procedure will vary depending on whether you choose a traditional dental bridge or implant-supported bridge.
In order to accommodate the crowns that anchor your bridge, a small amount of enamel must be removed from the teeth that sit next to the gap in your smile. One of our doctors will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth before it is partially shaved down. An impression will then be made of the resized teeth, which will serve as the basis of your customized bridge. To protect your teeth, we may place a temporary bridge while your permanent restoration is fabricated. Once the permanent bridge is ready, we can test the fit and attach it to the teeth with a strong bonding material.
Rather than crowns, this type of bridge is supported by dental implants. After taking an impression of your smile, we may first schedule a bone grafting procedure to boost your candidacy. If it is successful or if the surgery is not necessary, we can set up your placement procedure. During this surgery, the doctor will create a small incision in your gums and jawbone and place the dental implant directly into the bone tissue. Your jaw will usually need several months to recover from this procedure and fuse with the implant to create a stable foundation for the restoration. If it is successful, we can then attach an abutment and the final restoration.
While this option requires a longer recovery period, it offers greater stability, as well.