The process of installing a fixed dental bridge can be completed in two in-office visits. In the first visit, the dentist will numb the patient’s mouth so that tooth enamel can be removed. This enamel is removed in order to make room for the crown that will be placed over them. In addition, a mold (or impression) of the patient’s teeth is made so that the abutment teeth can be properly shaped to fit perfectly in place. In the meantime, the dentist will install a temporary bridge that the patient can wear until the dental lab completes the creation of the porcelain fixed bridge.
In the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent porcelain fixed bridge is installed. The dentist will check the bridge and make any adjustments if needed. A temporary cement will likely be put in place to ensure that the new prosthetic fits properly. If it does, then the bridge will be permanently fixed, and instructions will be given to ensure its long-term care.
To learn more about proper porcelain bridge maintenance, contact Galleria Dental today to schedule a check-up appointment.