The process of receiving a dental bridge differs according to whether the restoration will be supported by dental implants or adjacent teeth. Placing a traditional bridge begins with the alteration of the supporting teeth. Both teeth will be reduced in order to accommodate dental crowns. Once they have been properly altered, Dr. Shainholtz will take an impression of both teeth, the gap, and the surrounding teeth. The impressions will be sent to an offsite laboratory where technicians will create your permanent bridge, which takes about two weeks. In the meantime, your dentist can place a temporary restoration.
An implant-supported bridge will require at least one surgical procedure in which the implants are placed into the jaw. Once the implants have integrated with the jaw (usually after about three to six months), Dr. Shainholtz can take impressions of your smile in order to start crafting your permanent bridge.