Bridges are a Phenomenal Tooth Replacement OptionSome people don’t fully understand the importance of replacing lost teeth right away. Let us assure you, it’s incredibly important to the health of your mouth that you replace teeth as soon as they are lost. When a tooth is lost it leaves a gap and the neighboring teeth can drift into that gap, this allows their neighbors to drift. Before you know it none of your teeth are exactly where they should be and your bite doesn’t fit together properly.
A change in bite isn’t the only threat that tooth loss presents. When your teeth move about and your bite changes it becomes much easier to chip or crack teeth when chewing. Not to mention the difficulty you will have eating your favorite foods.
Bridges provide our patients an affordable and excellent tooth replacement option that we are excited to offer.
How it WorksBridges require two healthy teeth to act as anchors. Dental implants can also act as one or both anchor points if healthy teeth aren’t an option. A mold is taken of your teeth and from that we can craft a row of teeth that will sit in the gap - bridging the gap.
The ProcedureThe process for receiving a dental bridge is fairly straight forward and typically only requires two visits to our office to complete. As stated above, the first step is taking a mold of the area that the bridge will be created for. Once we have the mold we will send it to our dental lab to be created.
The next thing we do during the first visit is to prepare the teeth to receive the bridge. The bridge must fit over your healthy, anchor teeth. In order for it to fit over them we will need to remove some of the enamel of the anchor teeth and shape them so that the bridge can sit on them properly. The last part of the first visit is placing a temporary bridge over your teeth so that you can comfortably eat and speak in the interim.
During the second visit we will simply remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent one on your anchor teeth. We will make any adjustments that need to be made to ensure that the bridge feels correct in your mouth.
Please give us a call today at (503) 985-8945 to schedule your appointment or no obligation consultation. Remember, if your gums bleed easily for over a week you should make plans to be seen by us as this could be the sign of a more serious issue.