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Dental Bridge

3D rendering of a dental bridge being placed over a missing tooth gap that is flanked by two shaved down teethBridges are used frequently to help patients deal with lost teeth and vacated space. They can be utilized to replace multiple teeth or just a single tooth. In most cases, they are made of porcelain. This is due to the fact porcelain allows the tooth to look more natural in the patient’s mouth. It blends in better, because it can be tinted and shaped to match the other teeth in the oral cavity.

Bridges most commonly fasten to healthy teeth on either side of the vacated space. They are entirely removable which allows the patient the ability to not only easily clean the appliance but also take care of the gum tissue as well. For other patients, the bridge can be permanently secured in the oral cavity if they would rather not have to take out their dentures every day to properly care for them.

Those patients who have either had teeth extracted or simply lost teeth to disease or decay can benefit from a bridge placement. If those patients have questions or concerns, they are welcome to come by our office at Barnes Dental.

Are There Different Types of Bridges?

Believe it or not, there are actually various types of bridges. There are four different types, each one with different aspects which make them appropriate for various situations.

The most commonly utilized bridge is simply known as the traditional bridge. This is a bridge held in place by what is known as an abutment. This is secured to healthy teeth on either side of the vacated space.

The cantilever bridge is modeled after the traditional bridge. The only difference is instead of the abutment securing it to two teeth it uses just one. This can be a benefit to patients with limited healthy teeth.

The Maryland bridge is also modeled after the traditional bridge. It also requires two healthy teeth on either side of the open space in the mouth just like the traditional bridge. However, crowns are not used to help secure it in place. Instead, a metal framework is used. The framework is fused to the abutment teeth, making it secure.

The last type of bridge is also the most stable of all dental bridges. It is known as the dental implant-supported bridge. As you might have suspected, it does not use two healthy teeth on either side of the vacated space but rather dental implants. While this is the most stable of all dental bridge types, it is also the most invasive because it requires dental implants to be embedded into the patient’s jawbone first. After this is completed, the bridge is then properly secured to the dental implant. The dental implant supported bridge requires multiple appointments to complete and is the most expensive type of bridge.

Patients who have questions about dental bridges are more than welcome to come into our office at Barnes Dental. We can also be reached by calling the following number (971) 441-5520. Call us today to get your appointment scheduled.

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Barnes Dental
7325 SW Barnes Rd.,
Portland, OR 97225-6119
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