Closing the Space in Your Smile

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Sometimes, a tooth can be lost because of severe decay, gum disease, an injury, or another issue. If you have lost one or more teeth, Dr. Thomas Hicks may suggest a dental bridge in Portland, Oregon. A dental bridge is made up of two dental crowns with a replacement tooth in between. The dental crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, to anchor the bridge.

What are the advantages of a dental bridge?
Your dental bridge can do many things for you and your smile, including:

– Restore your ability to talk and eat properly
– Restore your smile and your confidence in it
– Maintain your face shape
– Prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of place
– Properly distribute your bite by replacing teeth

How long will my dental bridge last?
Generally, a dental bridge can last from 5 to 15 years, or even longer. The lifespan of your bridge will depend on your oral hygiene and your attendance of regular dental checkups.

Will eating with a dental bridge be difficult?
Since dental bridges replace lost teeth, eating with a bridge in place should be easier. However, you should eat soft foods that are cut into small pieces until you become familiar with your new dental bridge.

How do I take care of a dental bridge?
Be sure to keep up with your dental hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can help uphold your dental health. Visiting our dentist at least twice a year is also vital. Your bridge needs a healthy foundation from the surrounding teeth.

Feel free to contact LifeSmile Dental Group at 503-644-5433 today to learn more and to set up an appointment.