Getting Past Your Dental Fears And Learning About Technology

Several years ago I decided to take a trip to the dentist after skipping multiple appointments for over 15 years. I truly had a dental anxiety and had a hard time getting over my fears. Thankfully, my dental visit went smoothly with only four cavities identified. What I did find from this dental visit was that there was a great deal of new information and technology that I had been missing out on. Laser-based technology and digital imaging are just a few examples. With this blog, I want you to understand that you can get over your fears and learn about this new technology like I did, so enjoy the information.

More Than Just A Crown: Dental Crowns Within A Bridge

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There are many different types of dental crowns. One common crown can be found in the form of a dental bridge. While a normal crown is placed to repair a tooth, a dental bridge is actually used to replace missing teeth. 

For those who have decided to get a traditional dental bridge, there may be some trepidation for the actual process. A knowledge of the process may calm some nerves as well as allow for better preparation.

Abutment Preparation

The teeth on either side of your gap are called the "abutment teeth." These teeth will essentially be the anchors of the false tooth that is being placed. If you have chosen the traditional dental bridge method, the abutment teeth will need to be shaped in order to receive a crown. The shaping of these teeth can be rigorous since they will be carved down to small stubs with all the enamel taken off. This is partially to lower the chances of future tooth decay. Should they begin to decay, the strength of the bridge would be compromised.

Once the teeth are shaped, a mold of your mouth will be taken. This is so that the bridge can be shaped to fit comfortably with all of the other teeth.

Temporary Bridge Placement

On your second visit in this process, the temporary bridge will be placed. This is basically just a crown, a fake tooth, and the crown will be cemented into place. Some dentists choose to put in the permanent bridge at this point, while others choose to give the bridge a test run before making it permanent. Placing a temporary bridge will let both you and the dentist be absolutely sure that the bridge will be comfortable and functional before you make the final plunge of putting it in permanently. Make sure to notify your doctor if you feel any teeth that are grinding, pinching, or uncomfortable.

Permanent Bridge Placement

Once you are sure of the fit, the permanent bridge will be placed. Another fitting will be performed to make sure that everything is fitting as intended.


Dental bridges usually last for 5–10 years. This depends greatly on how they are cared for. You should make sure to keep your regular schedule of dental cleanings but also invest in your own oral health. Make sure to brush twice a day and floss regularly. Avoiding illegal drugs and smoking tobacco can also help your bridge to last longer. Keep a well-balanced diet along with these suggestions for best results.

In conclusion, there is really nothing to be afraid of with your dental bridge. There is only a healthy, beautiful smile to be gained. Talk with a dentist, like those at Four Corners Dental Group, about dental crowns to see if this would be a good option for you. 


29 May 2019