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3D rendering of a dental bridge being placed over a missing tooth gap that is flanked by two shaved down teethDental bridges are permanent dental restoration prostheses that hold one or more pontics (replacement teeth), fillers, or partial dentures. Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. The artificial tooth is placed between two or more natural teeth to hold it in place. If there are no natural teeth to clasp the bridge, an implant may be recommended on each side of the artificial tooth to hold it in place. Dental bridges help improve the cosmetic look and restore functionality in the oral cavity. We can help you restore your smile through bridges at .

Types of Dental Bridges and Purpose

Conventional, also known as traditional bridges, are the most common type of bridges. They are typically made out of porcelain, metal, ceramic, or gold. Conventional bridges are sturdy and durable as they last a long time, given the proper care. This type is perfect for posterior teeth with a biting force.

Cantilever bridges are often made of metal fused to porcelain and are somewhat similar to conventional bridges. However, they are normally used for front teeth as they are not as strong to endure chewing pressure.

These bridges are supported by a metal structure attached to the back of the teeth on each side of the missing teeth. They also require less tooth structure to be removed, unlike other bridges, and are often preferred for front teeth as they easily loosen and shift position.

Implant bridges must be fully supported by dental implants under the gum line and are used for people with more than one missing tooth. They are mostly preferred for back teeth as they are sturdy.

Dental bridges offer many benefits to patients, restoring the look and function of their teeth. After a dental bridge procedure, patients can speak and chew normally and efficiently once again. They also help maintain and restore facial symmetry by averting bone loss at the site of the missing teeth. Dental bridges also address teeth alignment as adjacent teeth won't shift into the empty spaces. The dental bridge placement procedure is fast and minimally invasive. The procedure and recovery is usually quite fast.

The dentist examines the oral cavity during a dental bridge procedure and decides on the most suitable dental bridge. The dentist then prepares the abutment under local anesthesia and takes tooth impressions to make a custom fit bridge. A temporary bridge is placed on the abutment and will be removed when the permanent crown is placed. The second appointment includes installing the bridge and making modifications to ensure a snug fit.

Getting the Most Out Of Your Dental Bridge

Dental bridges require a good oral hygiene routine in order to last a long time. Our dental hygienists help educate our patients on cleaning and flossing around the bridge and nearby teeth. You should avoid biting on hard foods to ensure the bridge strength and framework are not compromised. Stick to a soft food diet for a while after a bridge installation to ensure the bridge does not shift before it is completely secured in the mouth. Book an appointment by calling (541) 918-2361 or visit us at Jeffrey Carl DMD for a dental bridge installation.
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