The Nature and Uses of a Dental Bridge

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Did you know that not only do missing teeth impact the appearance of your smile but also your oral health? To help you regain your smile, we offer customized dental restorations such as a dental crown or implant for tooth replacement. Another option to consider is dental bridges, and we offer more information on their nature and used for your smile.

We encourage you to seek restorative dental care as soon as possible to replace missing teeth before the gaps in your smile result in further oral health issues like drifting teeth, gum disease, a bad bite and a TMJ disorder.

The type of dental bridge you receive will depend on your specific dental needs. Most patients receive a traditional dental bridge, which is made of one to three artificial teeth called pontics that attach to dental crowns on either side. These crowns are place over the natural teeth to serve as anchors for your dental bridge so it can remain stable for many years. Dr. Thomas Hicks may also recommend a cantilever bridge when you have just a single natural tooth to anchor the dental appliance in place. You can also receive a bonded bridge with less preparation involved.

The typical placement process for a dental bridge is performed as two separate appointments at LifeSmile Dental Group. First, we transform the neighboring teeth into abutments to support the dental crowns of the bridge, and later we will cement the completed bridge in place.

We welcome you to contact our office at 503-644-5433 today if you would like to speak with our dentist about receiving a dental bridge in Portland, Oregon.