Getting a Bridge - Personal Story from a Barrington Dental Care Patient
Years ago I lost one of my molars and Dr. Todd recommended a bridge, which turned out great for me. I had grown used to the large gap in the lower left part of my mouth where my tooth used to be, but over the years the other teeth began to move in toward the empty space, which is bad for them. The procedure took 3 visits, though I'm told it can take only 2. The first visit was the longest. Dr. Todd numbed my lower jaw, which only required one shot, just a pinch, really. After the numbing, he took a number of impressions meant to help him form the new teeth. A bridge is basically a new tooth that is connected to the teeth around it. It is not implanted into the gums. To make this happen, Dr. Todd trimmed the teeth on either side of my gap, then placed new caps over them which he created from impressions. Connected between these new caps is the bridge tooth. It is basically three new teeth connected as one piece.
The first procedure lasted about 2 hours, most of which was waiting for the impressions to harden. The actually drilling lasted about 30 minutes or so. At the end of the first procedure, Dr. Todd had fitted me with temporary caps and a bridge meant to hold me over until the new caps and bridge are made in the lab. The temporary caps and bridge look and feel a lot like real teeth.
On the second visit, Dr. Todd fitted me with a "metal try-in", which is the molded three-teeth piece that will eventually be covered in porcelain. Dr. Todd explained that not everyone needs the metal try-in appointment, but since my bite was fairly tight, he wanted to make sure it fit properly, which it did. The appointment lasted only about 20 minutes, and I was off again with my temporary caps and bridge.
On the third visit, which only lasted about 30 minutes, Dr. Todd removed my temporaries and fitted my new porcelain covered teeth, made some minor adjustments to ensure my bite was normal, then cemented them in with a chemical bonding agent. It was painless and I was able to eat within an hour or so.
I'm incredibly happy with the new bridge. After such a long time with a gap in my mouth, it feels great to have a full set of teeth again. I'm already used to them. - Mike H.