Re: What is a bridge? Experiences on having one done.
Okiemom~ I had a bridge placed last Feb. I had a failed root canal on my front tooth#8. It was a very quick process taking only two visits. On the first visit they "prepped" the area. That involved grinding the two teeth on either side of the offending tooth to a point. They take impressions and send you off with a temporary bridge. It took about 2 weeks for the permanant bridge to be completed.Depending on how many teeth you are missing, it is just that...a bridge of teeth. Mine has 3. They fit the two outer ends on top of the filed, pointy teeth, and you have a replacement in the middle where you are missing the tooth. On your second visit, they will remove the temp. and cement the permanant in place. It is a VERY strong cement, and very unlikely to come loose. (although I have heard of it happening, but in that case they will simply cement it back in) And just like that you have straight perfect "looking" teeth again! I love mine, after awhile you get used to it and it feels very natural. The only thing I regret is not getting it made whiter. Once you have a bridge made, there is no whitening it, and no product in the world will touch the color. Mine isn't yellow, but I would have liked it to be a "gleaming white" Good luck!