Improving your smile enhances more than your appearance. True, repairing structural problems like missing teeth with a dental bridge can only make you look better … even your best. But when function is restored, so will your ability to chew, speak, and socialize freely, helping you to feel more relaxed and able to shine!
It’s a fact: some people do lose their teeth. If this happens, you should replace it ... and not just for the sake of your appearance! When you lose a tooth to decay, injury, or gum disease, the neighboring teeth work a lot harder chewing and biting to get the job done. If the missing tooth is not replaced, the teeth around the gap will become stressed and could shift and move around, putting them in danger of decay. Your bite could also change, and this could cause damaged teeth – and restorations! As a dentist in Portland, at Gifford Family Dentistry, we don’t want to see this happen to you.
Here are some crown and bridge facts…
- A crown is a cap that covers a damaged tooth. It helps restore its normal shape and size – and strengthens it.
- When a replacement tooth is required to fill a gap, it can be affixed permanently with a dental bridge attached to the teeth on either side of the space.
- If a space is left untended, the surrounding teeth will drift, alter your bite, encourage cavities, and negatively affect your appearance – beyond the original gap.
- High-tech materials along with custom fitting result in a strong, natural-looking restoration.
- It takes only one or two visits to the dentist to restore your smile and prevent further problems.
- No one will know you have a dental bridge unless you tell them.
How Does It Work?
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge (made from one or more false teeth called pontics) spans the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth and is usually anchored to the two existing teeth on either side of the gap with a dental crown. Bridges can be made of gold, porcelain-fused to metal, or all porcelain depending on structural requirements and where they’ll show up in your smile.
Getting a bridge takes more than one appointment, but it will last for years. First, we do a thorough examination and prepare the neighboring teeth for the bridge. An impression or replica of your mouth is taken so the bridge can be custom designed by an expert lab technician. At your second appointment, the bridge is trimmed and adjusted before it is fixed in place. We take care to match color and appearance, and to restore your bite so neighboring teeth don’t have to work overtime. The end result? A healthy, happy smile for many years to come.
Could your smile benefit from dental bridge treatment? You may be an excellent candidate. A bridge can make all the difference. Call today to arrange your consultation with our dentists in Portland! We’ll help you decide which treatment is best to restore your teeth to their normal function, look beautiful, feel great, and last.
Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Todd Gifford, your Family & Cosmetic Dentist in Portland