Bridge after extraction

I received a bridge due to an upper molar being extracted. My dentist put the bridge on immediately afterward, without allowing time for pressure and the blood to clot. Is this a typical way to do this?

Jennie- Oregon

Jennie,

I’m not sure if you’re referring to a permanent or temporary dental bridge.  Either way, the pressure may have been unnecessary. Your dentist may have used an alternative method to stop the bleeding, such as placing a  gel foam,  an astringent, or using electrocautery. Even without these methods, sometimes the bleeding will stop on its own in about five minutes.

The upside to your dentist placing the bridge right away is that he prevents any movement of the adjacent teeth, which is likely to happen after an extraction.

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Will dental flippers make my teeth look straight?

I’m wondering if you can give me advice? My teeth are crooked, but I don’t want braces because they hurt and take forever. can i just get dental flippers to make my teeth look straight?

Serina V.- chicago

Serina,

A dental flipper is a temporary tooth replacement. It holds a false tooth and snaps in between your already existing teeth. They are designed to be temporary, while waiting for a permanent tooth replacement. Some people do use them for years, but they are hard on your gums so it is not recommended. I don’t think this would be a good idea for your case. You do have other options though.

One option is to get porcelain veneers. They will make your teeth look straight and can be completed in just two appointments.  Some people find the cost of Veneers prohibitive, so you might want to also look at Invisalign. The reasons you mentioned for not wanting braces were the pain and the time involved. Those are not factors with invisalign, so you could get your teeth straightened without the negative issues associated with traditional braces. Invisalign can straighten your teeth in just 6 months to a year, instead of the 1-3 years that it typically takes with traditional braces. Because a computer designs the aligners and plots out the treatment plan, the process is much more accurate, saving you many months. Plus, because there are no wires and brackets, you don’t have to deal with the same pain as traditional braces. There is the additional bonus of being invisible, so no one even has to know you are getting your teeth straightened.

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