Dental Bridges
Portland, OR


A woman smiling after receiving a dental bridge at Advanced Dental Arts NW in Portland, ORThe loss of a single tooth may not seem like that big of a deal, especially when the tooth was lost from 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.

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 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 position 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 bridge the gap left behind by a missing tooth (or up to three missing teeth). These restorations are typically made from ceramic, which blends in perfectly with the rest of your smile. The bridge consists of your replacement tooth (or teeth) set between two crowns. The crowns anchor on to 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, which will protect the abutment teeth, and restore some of the functions of your 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. They can be cared for just like your natural teeth. You should brush your teeth, and bridge, as normal. Brush at least twice a day and floss every day. You should also maintain your regular dental visits. During these visits, we will check your bridge along with the rest of your teeth, checking for 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.
•  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 can be 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 at (503) 446-2722.
Office Address:
1316 SW 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

Email:
adanw@advanceddentalartsnw.com

Phone: (503) 446-2722
Fax: (503) 224-5726

Hours:
Monday–Thursday: 8 am to 5 pm

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1316 SW 13th Ave, Portland OR 97201
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