Dental bridges are available as fixed or removable appliances. Whether they are fixed or removable, bridges look indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Two appointments will have to be scheduled in order prepare and place the crown.
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are recontoured. This involves removing a portion of the enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Then impressions of the teeth are made to serve as a model for creating the dental bridge. Dr. Shauna Lee will make a temporary bridge in order to cover and protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.
During the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new permanent bridge is checked and adjusted to fit your smile. In the case of a fixed bridge, Dr. Shauna Lee will attach it to the abutment teeth. For removable bridges, clasps will be affixed to the abutment teeth to hold them in place.
Who Needs Veneers
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
- Teeth that are discolored
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are broken or chipped
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
- Teeth with gaps between them
Veneer procedure is a process involving diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding, and can take up to three appointments to complete. First, the teeth are gently buffed (removing about 0.5 millimeter of tooth) in preparation for adding the veneer. After tooth prep, either a composite resin veneer is shaped and bonded to your teeth or a mold is taken of the teeth to prepare ceramic veneers (which can take a few days). When ready, ceramic veneers can be altered to suit the proper color of your teeth prior to being cemented in. There will be a mild period of adjustment due to the new size and shape of your teeth, but little more than daily brushing and flossing as well as a follow-up appointment is required.