If you are suffering from missing or lost teeth, there are several options available to restore your smile. At Watsonville Family Dental, we offer comfortably fitted dental bridges to replace one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges may require two to three appointments to fix.
During the first session, we will begin by applying numbing gel or administering local anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable. We will then prepare the abutment teeth (supporting teeth) by removing tooth structure, shaping, and filing the tooth.
Our dentist will take careful measurements and request you to bite down on dental foam to get exact imprints. The precise impressions are then sent to a dental lab to get the permanent bridge fabricated. Our dentist in Watsonville, CA will place a temporary bridge until the permanent one is ready.
The temporary bridge helps protect the prepared tooth and prevents heightened sensitivity. It also allows the patient to eat and drink normally while protecting the altered tooth structure from infection and injury.
Once the lab prepares your permanent bridge, you will return for your second appointment. Our dentist near you will first remove the temporary bridge and clean the teeth again.
The dentist will also check for pain or sensitivity before proceeding to place the permanent bridge. We will carefully cement the new bridge into place and examine your teeth for fit and comfort. Getting dental bridges in Watsonville, CA is a relatively painless procedure but may result in minimal soreness or swelling in the gums.
We recommend getting follow-up appointments at Watsonville Family Dental in case the dentist needs to adjust the bridge.
It’s very important to brush and floss properly near the pontics as lack of hygiene may lead to plaque buildup. Remember to brush and floss under the bridge to prevent decay.
Our dentist also recommends using super floss and floss threaders to clean between the pontics on a dental bridge. Please call us today to schedule an appointment.