Dental bridges are a very popular method of replacing both single and multiple missing teeth to create a functional, aesthetically pleasing, and natural-looking smile.
How Are Dental Bridges Fitted?
To create a bridge, abutments are created out of the natural teeth that will serve as anchors for the bridge and the teeth are reshaped to accommodate the crowns that will be placed as part of the bridge. Once this process is complete, a mold of the area is created, which will serve as the template for the bridge. The bridge itself is custom-made by our highly respected lab to ensure an ideal look and fit. While the bridge is being manufactured, Dr. Shepherd creates a temporary bridge that will allow you to maintain a pleasing aesthetic appearance while also protecting the abutments and gums from damage.
Acclimatizing To Your Dental Bridge
Once your permanent bridge arrives at our office, Dr. Shepherd will place it by anchoring it to the abutments and setting it with adhesive. There may be a period of acclimation as you get used to your new bridge and for the first few days after placement it's advisable to eat only soft foods to minimize discomfort. After this you can return to your normal eating habits and enjoy your new smile with confidence and ease.