• Bridges

  • Dental bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. When someone has one or more missing teeth it can affect their bite, cause surrounding teeth to shift, change their smile, cause symptoms of TMJ and even speech impediments. If this goes on over a period of time the wear and tear on your remaining teeth can cause severe discomfort in the oral cavity as well as a greater potential for dental decay and boneless around the area. If these problems persist bacteria will build and can cause health problems throughout the body as a whole. There are many different kinds of bridges available depending on how many teeth need to be replaced and what area of the mouth the missing tooth is located. The dentist working on the patients treatment plan will diagnose which type of bridge will be best for the situation.

    Your South Eugene Dental dentist will most likely need to reshape your surrounding teeth in order to fit your bridge. Once that’s done crowns are placed over the reshaped teeth, which will then be connected to the artificial tooth and act as an anchor holding the artificial tooth in place. To replace front teeth a resin-bonded bridge is normally used. This can only be done if the surrounding gums and teeth are strong and healthy without a lot of fillings. A resin-bonded bridge doesn’t require a lot of preparation for the adjacent teeth.

    Your dentist at South Eugene Dental can create a dental bridge for you, which will improve your confidence as it transforms your smile.


    Crown or Bridge Preparation

    • A temporary crown has been placed on your tooth to protect it until your permanent crown is placed. Avoid chewing on thje temporary crown for the first 24 hours after your appointment in order to allow the cement to set. We recommend you avoid eating until the anesthetic has worn off to prevent biting of tongue and cheeks. Also avoid very sticky or crunchy foods until your permanent crown is seated.
    • Continue regular flossing around the temporary crown. Remove floss by pulling from one side to slide it out instead of snapping floss back up between the teeth.
    • Your temporary crown is cemented with temporary cement. In the event it should fall off before your permanent crown seat appointment, please call the office to have the temporary crown recemented. It is important that the temporary crown is replaced as soon as possible to protect the tooth and avoid shifting of adjacent teeth.
    • If you are going our of town before your permanent crown is placed and are concerned about your temporary crown falling off while you are away, ask us for a sample of temporary cement so you can recement it yourself if necessary.
    • If you have a temporary bridge, please remember to clean under it as instructed.
    • It is normal to experience sensitive gums around the prepped toothfor a few days after the appointment. Use salt water rinses (1tsp salt disolved in 12 oz warm water) or apply over-the-counter analgesics such as Orajel. Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve may be taken for mild to moderate discomfort.
    • Please call our office if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your treatment.


    Crown or Bridge Seat

    • Chewing on a newly cemented crown or bridge should be avoided for the first 24 hours to allow cement to set completely.
    • Continue regular flossing around the new crown or bridge. However, for the first 24 hours, remove floss by pulling from one side to slide it out, instead of snapping floss back up between teeth. Use floss threaders or Superfloss to clean under bridges as instructed.
    • If you notice your crown or bridge feels "high", if it is the first tooth/teeth that touches when closing your mouth, please call our office for an adjustment appointment. It only takes a few minutes to polish the crown/bridge down, but it is very important that these adjustments be made to avoid future sensitivity of the tooth/teeth, risk of fracture, or jaw pain.
    • Please call our office if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your treatment.