Dental Bridges – Portland, OR
Filling in the Gap in Your Smile
The loss of a single tooth may not seem like that big of a deal, especially if the tooth was located towards the back of your mouth. The truth is, however, that when even just one tooth is lost, your oral health is put at risk. At Advanced Dental Arts NW, we offer several options for missing tooth replacement. One of these options is a bridge.
Why Choose Advanced Dental Arts NW for Dental Bridges?
- High-Quality Materials for Lifelike Results
- Over 30 Years of Dentistry Experience
- Helpful, Friendly Team
Consequences of a Missing Tooth
Even one missing tooth can have a serious impact on the health of your mouth and the quality of your life. One of the most obvious consequences of tooth loss, depending upon the tooth’s location, is that your smile is affected. Food can also get stuck in the space and can be difficult to clean out. You may find it more difficult to bite and chew. This can greatly increase your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. You may develop a lisp when speaking. As time goes on, your jaw can change shape, and your adjacent teeth can shift from their natural positions into space. In doing so, your bite is thrown off, causing issues such as uneven tooth wear and jaw pain.
Bridging the Gap
A bridge is a dental restoration that is designed to literally bridge the gap left behind by a missing tooth (or up to three in a row). These restorations are typically made from ceramic, which blends in perfectly with the rest of your smile. A bridge consists of a replacement tooth (or teeth) set between two crowns. The crowns are fitted over the adjacent teeth (abutment teeth), holding the bridge firmly in place.
Dental Bridge Procedure
The procedure for placing a bridge is similar to the procedure for placing crowns. We start with a local anesthetic. Once it takes effect, we then prepare the abutment teeth by trimming, or removing, some of the enamel. This process is done so that your restoration will fit perfectly in with the rest of your teeth. Next, an impression is taken and sent to our lab. There, your custom bridge is designed and created.
It can take upwards of two weeks for your bridge to be completed. While you wait, we will provide you with a temporary bridge that will protect the abutment teeth and restore some of the function of your missing teeth. When your bridge is ready, you will return for your second visit. It is checked for fit and then cemented into place.
Do Bridges Require Special Care?
Bridges do not require any special care after placement. They can be cared for just like your natural teeth. You should brush your teeth, including the bridge, as normal. Brush at least twice a day and floss once. You should also maintain your regular dental visits. During these appointments, we will check your bridge along with the rest of your teeth, looking for any signs of damage. Avoid biting and chewing on anything hard, and don’t use your teeth to tear open packaging.
Benefits of a Bridge
A bridge offers several benefits:
- It restores your smile’s appearance.
- You can eat and speak normally once again.
- When you can chew your food properly, your digestion (and your nutrition) improve.
- Your adjacent teeth stay in their proper positions.
- Your oral health is improved.
Even if you think your one missing tooth isn’t a big deal, you should have it replaced. Call Advanced Dental Arts NW to schedule your appointment today.