A dental bridge is a restorative dental treatment that replaces one or more missing teeth. It consists of two or more crowns on either side of the gap, with a false tooth (or teeth) in between. The crowns are placed on the natural teeth or dental implants adjacent to the gap, providing support and stability for the bridge.
Replacing missing teeth with dental bridges can improve your ability to chew and speak properly, restore your smile, and maintain the shape of your face.
During your initial visit, our Downtown Portland dentist will examine your oral health and discuss your treatment options. If a dental bridge is the right solution for you, he will create a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs.
To create space for the dental bridge, the abutment teeth (the teeth on either side of the gap) need to be prepared. Dr. Zeller will remove a small portion of enamel from these teeth to ensure a proper fit for the crowns.
Next, impressions of your teeth will be taken to create a custom-made dental bridge that fits perfectly in your mouth. While your permanent bridge is being fabricated, a temporary bridge will be placed to protect your prepared teeth.
Dental bridges allow you to chew and speak properly, improving your ability to enjoy a wide variety of foods and communicate clearly. They provide stability and support, making it easier to perform daily activities without discomfort or limitations.
Missing teeth can have a significant impact on your smile and overall appearance. Dental bridges fill the gaps, restoring your smile and boosting your self-confidence. With a natural-looking dental bridge, you can feel proud of your smile once again.
When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth can shift and become misaligned over time. This can lead to bite problems, jaw pain, and an increased risk of dental issues. Dental bridges help maintain the alignment of your teeth, promoting better oral health and preventing future complications.
Dental bridges can last for 10-15 years or even longer with proper care and regular dental check-ups.
Dental bridges are primarily used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can restore the function and appearance of your teeth, improve your ability to chew and speak, maintain the shape of your face, and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Many dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of dental bridges since they are considered to be a major restorative procedure. However, coverage varies by provider and plan. It's important to consult with your insurance company to determine the extent of coverage for your specific plan.
With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last between 5 to 15 years, or even longer. The lifespan of a bridge largely depends on dental hygiene practices, regular check-ups, and avoiding putting excessive pressure on the bridge (like chewing hard foods or ice).