How are dental bridges fitted?
To create the bridge, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. This involves creating a plaster mould of your teeth and gums, so the bridge can be made to fit your mouth as closely as possible. At this stage, your dentist will also determine the right shade for your bridge, so it matches your natural teeth.
The bridge is then custom-made by a specialised lab technician according to the dentist’s instructions. Your dentist can fit a temporary solution, such as a plastic bridge or crown, while you're waiting for your bespoke bridge to be made.
Once it's ready, your dentist will fit your new bridge. You will be given a local anaesthetic injection before the procedure begins, which will block any pain from your gums, but you will stay awake during the procedure. Your dentist will ensure the fit is comfortable by checking that you bite correctly with the bridge in place.
The dental professionals at your local Bupa Dental Care practice will be happy to answer any questions you may have about dental bridges.
After your bridge has been fitted
Following the placement of a dental bridge, there can be some soreness from the gum or perhaps slight sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks. The new tooth may also feel slightly strange because it’s filling the gap that was present. However, these issues should pass within a few days. Occasionally, new teeth might feel a little high when you bite together. Your dentist can make alterations to correct minor problems like this in follow-up appointments.
Bridges are permanently fixed in place, so you don’t remove them for cleaning. To keep your natural teeth healthy, you need to clean the gap under a bridge with a special dental floss. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to floss under your bridge. If it is well looked after, a bridge can last for many years.