Dental Bridge Portland OR
Tooth loss, even the loss of a single tooth, has a major impact on your whole life. Suddenly, eating becomes more of a struggle. Food can get stuck in the space between your healthy teeth. Along with being uncomfortable, this can also increase your risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease. You may develop a lisp when you speak. Your smile, and confidence, deteriorates. Your healthy teeth can begin shifting out of their natural alignment, which causes several other issues all on its own. Replacing missing teeth, even if it is only one, is important for restoring the functions and appearance of your mouth. At Carol Klingensmith, DMD, we can restore small sections of missing teeth with bridges.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is a dental restoration that is commonly used to restore small areas of missing teeth. More specifically, Dental Bridges are frequently used to replace one to three missing teeth in a given area of the mouth. There are a few different types of bridges, including Maryland, or bonded, brides, cantilever bridges, and fixed bridges. The most commonly used bridge is a fixed bridge. This particular restoration is made from a single piece of material, usually ceramic, and contains the replacement teeth sandwiched between two crowns. Ceramic is popular because it is fairly strong and it has the ability to mimic both the color and light reflection properties of natural enamel. The bridge works by anchoring the restoration onto the two teeth adjacent to the empty space, or abutment teeth, with the dental crowns. The restoration is then bonded in place for a secure fit.
Why Get a Dental Bridge?
There are several benefits associated with a bridge, including:
|•||it restores the functions of your mouth, including eating and speech.
|•||It improves your oral health.
|•||Ceramic provides a seamless appearance, and no one will be able to tell that it is there.
|•||It holds your adjacent teeth in place, preventing the teeth from shifting out of alignment.|
How is a Bridge Placed?
The process for getting a bridge generally takes two appointments. At your first appointment, we prepare the abutment teeth. This is done under a local anesthetic, which helps to avoid any pain or discomfort. In order to prepare the abutment teeth, we remove a small amount of enamel from each tooth, reducing them in size. This ensures that your bridge will fit naturally into place with the rest of your teeth. After the teeth are prepared, we then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to a dental lab, where your bridge is designed and fabricated.
It can take up to two weeks for your final bridge to be completed and sent back. To protect your mouth while you wait, we provide you with a temporary bridge. Once your bridge is ready, then you return for your second visit. We start this appointment by checking the bridge to make sure that it fits and that the color matches with the rest of your teeth. If everything looks good, the bridge is set into place with dental cement.
Replacing missing teeth, even if it is only just one tooth, is important for restoring your entire quality of life. Call Carol Klingensmith today at (503) 822-0262 to schedule your appointment and find out if a bridge is a right solution for you.