A dental bridge is a dental restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is made up of two or more dental crowns and a pontic (a false tooth). The dental crowns are cemented onto the teeth on either side of the gap (the abutment teeth). The pontic is fused between the dental crowns to replace your missing tooth.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
- Improved Appearance
A dental bridge can improve your appearance by filling in gaps and correcting the alignment of your teeth. This can help restore confidence so you can smile without hesitation.
- Prevents Shifting of Teeth
Dental bridges prevent the shifting of teeth by anchoring them in place.
- Easier to Clean
Because a bridge is permanently cemented in place, patients can follow the usual oral hygiene routine to clean them.
- Prevents Teeth Shifting
When you lose a tooth, the adjoining teeth can shift out of place, creating problems with your bite. Getting a bridge can prevent the movement of your remaining teeth.
- Prevent Jawbone Loss
A dental bridge can replace missing teeth, protecting your jawbone from deterioration.
- Prevent Gum Recession
A dental bridge will replace your missing tooth, helping prevent gum recession and restoring the damaged gums.
- Improved Speech
Missing teeth make it difficult to speak clearly and pronounce words properly. A bridge will make it possible for you to speak properly and with an improved sense of confidence.
What does the dental bridge procedure involve?
During the dental bridge procedure, our dentist in Aloha OR will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area where the bridge will be placed. We will gently reshape the teeth on both sides of the gap to prepare them for the new bridge. Then, we will make an impression on your teeth. This enables us to create a bridge that will fit comfortably in your mouth. We will provide you with a temporary bridge to wear while your permanent bridge is prepared. The impression will be sent to a dental laboratory, where your custom bridge will be created.
Once your bridge is ready, your dentist will place it in your mouth and make any adjustments as necessary.
Please reach out to our dental practice at 17952 SW Blanton St, Aloha, OR 97078, to have a consultation with our dentists. Call us at (503) 649-5665 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.