Dental Bridges in Salem Oregon
Keeping our teeth strong is probably one of the most important things we can do! That’s why we’re here, after all: to help you keep your oral health in as great a shape as possible. And while the best option for the patient is generally to save natural teeth whenever possible, sometimes maintaining great oral health means extracting one or more teeth. When that happens, you will find yourself with a gap between teeth that should be fixed in order to help keep the current placement of the rest of your teeth as well as to ensure that your bite is still distributed properly and will not cause preventable damage. In this instance, one of the most popular solutions is the dental bridge.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a dental prosthesis created to literally create a “bridge” that closes the gap between missing teeth. This is done by creating crowns for the teeth on the surrounding sides of the missing tooth or teeth, as they will be anchoring the bridge in place. Aptly called abutment teeth, these teeth will need the crowns in order to help protect them from wear and tear caused by the added pressure of supporting a dental bridge. A pontic, also known as a false or replacement tooth, is then placed in between these anchors and create the actual “bridge” part of the dental bridge. Note that these teeth can be made out of a wide variety of material, from things like porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination of different materials.
Why should I get a dental bridge?
Missing teeth, or even just a single missing tooth, can have a big impact on your quality of life and ability to do vital things like chewing properly and speaking with loved ones. You might also be surprised at just how much one missing tooth, let alone multiple, can affect the overall structure of your mouth. When you have a natural tooth that has been extracted, the rest of the teeth in your jaw could begin to drift. This can cause further issues with your oral health and create the need for costlier procedures in the future. The uneven pressure exerted by your bite with missing teeth is also an issue that can bring undue stress onto your remaining teeth, and hasten their wear and tear.
Dental bridges help avoid many of the above issues. They can keep the current placement of your teeth, helping to maintain the structural integrity of your bite and of your jaw. They can also restore your capability to eat and talk properly, as well as ensuring that your bite is even and does not cause damage to your natural teeth or your jaw.
What is the dental bridge process like?
Installing a dental bridge does not take much time, nor is it an overly complex procedure. This is usually accomplished within two visits to our office, although you will need to come in for additional visits to ensure the fit is right.
If you are interested in learning more about dental bridges and how they can help your teeth, give us a call today at (503) 588-0061 and speak with one of our professionals to schedule an evaluation!