A dental bridge is a perfect cosmetic dentistry solution when you have one or more teeth that need replacing. Our Gresham dentist at Hood View Dental has the skill and experience to provide a stable solution that brings back your smile through the use of bridges.
What is a bridge?
In dentistry, a bridge is comprised of synthetic teeth which are anchored to your existing teeth in order to rebuild your smile. Bridges can be made up of metal alloys or ceramics and tend to include crowns as their supporting structure.
What is the procedure for a dental bridge?
Once you and our Gresham dentist have determined a bridge is right for you, an impression will be made of your mouth. Then, the artificial teeth are built and incorporated into the bridgework. Bridges are sometimes installed with the use of a post similar to a dental implant procedure. The bridge is fitted into your smile and anchored to your existing teeth that abut the missing teeth. Often, crowns are placed on each of these teeth so that the entire apparatus is secure and strong.
Why would I need a bridge?
Missing teeth tend to cause a wide range of oral issues. Teeth move into the empty space compromising your bite and weakening your existing teeth. Additionally, pain can result from this movement or from the added stress that your joints, bones, and muscles experience. Premature wear on enamel is another reason to opt for a dental bridge. The bridge keeps the original teeth in place, thus reducing the need for extra dental services.
A missing tooth also exposes surrounding teeth to decay and gum disease. Facial structures are then altered when teeth are gone. Bones can shrink, changing your appearance and creating bone loss which compromises otherwise healthy teeth.
When do I know if a bridge is necessary?
The best way to learn if you need a bridge is to consult with our Gresham dentist. A quick visit to our office will arm you with a wealth of information so you can make the best decision for your oral health.
After years of fitting our patients with bridgework, you can be confident that our team at Hood View Dental will give you the best smile and the healthiest mouth. If you reside in Fairview, Gresham, Portland, Damascus, Troutdale, or any of the surrounding communities, give us a call and learn how we can help you improve your smile and oral health.
How do I care for my dental bridge?
A dental bridge needs a little additional care than just regular oral hygiene. The success of the bridge resides on your oral health and keeping your existing teeth in good shape. If the supporting teeth become compromised due to tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease, the bridgework may be at risk. Our Gresham dentist recommends regular dental exams, outstanding oral hygiene, and a healthy diet in order to protect your dental work and to keep your lasting new smile. Here is a closer look at the care dental bridges need:
Regular cleanings and exams at our Hood View Dental office are necessary to keep the apparatus clean of plaque and decay while ensuring your oral hygiene is in good health. Normal visits every 6 months helps us catch problems early on so your bridge can continue to function as it should.
Proper care should be taken when brushing and flossing. Brush with a gentle toothbrush using ADA recommended toothpaste and consult our Gresham dentist if you have any questions. Floss properly to reduce the threat of gum disease which can jeopardize the functionality of your teeth and dental bridge.
A healthy diet is essential to good oral health. Water keeps your soft tissues healthy and also helps rinse away plaque between brushing. Steer clear of foods that will stain your new bridge and avoid foods that can compromise the bridgework.
If you are ready to impress with a new smile, give us a call at Hood View Dental. We can be reached at our Gresham dentist office at (503) 328-6388 and are happy to answer any questions you have.
In need of immediate care?
We offer emergency phone consultations to our existing patients. Call us anytime at (503) 328-6388.