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?
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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