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Dental Bridge


At J.J. Perkiomaki DMD PC, we specialize in several restorative treatments for tooth replacement. One restoration we often recommend is known as a dental bridge. A bridge is designed to fill the gap created by a missing tooth. Most traditional bridges consist of two dental crowns that are linked together by a pontic or false tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth, the following information can help you decide whether or not a bridge is right for you.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are an imitation tooth or multiple teeth that are anchored using the neighboring teeth or dental implants, thereby providing a substitute for missing teeth. We offer both fixed and removable bridges in different materials to create the bridge that is best for you. Filling the gap of a missing tooth is important. We are able to stop other problems from progressing with a dental bridge.

When do I Need a Dental Bridge?

The main reason you would need to get a dental bridge is if you have one or more missing teeth in your mouth. We may also recommend one for a tooth that is severely decayed or not stable enough to support a dental crown on its own.

What are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is beneficial for some reasons. Bridges can:
•  Restore your ability to chew and speak
•  Restore the appearance of your smile
•  Help you maintain a more youthful appearance
•  Help you maintain the shape of your face
•  Properly distribute the forces of your bite
•  Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of the correct position

The type of bridge you receive can depend on some factors. For example, if a tooth is missing in a location where there are not teeth available on both sides of the open space, then a cantilever bridge may be used. A cantilever bridge consists of a pontic that is held in place by a single dental crown.

What is the Difference Between a Fixed and Removable Bridge?

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Removable Bridges

The removable dental bridge is held with clasps allowing to be removable. Some of our patients find this to be more hygienic because you can take it out, brush your teeth, clean the bridge thoroughly and put it back in. We have also had patients report that their speech is better with a removable bridge versus a fixed bridge.
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Fixed Bridges

Fixed dental bridges are permanent, non-removable teeth. It is anchored to two strong teeth or crowns, and then cemented in place. This solid solution allows our patients to resume eating foods that they may have avoided and distributes the force of their bite more evenly in their mouth. Some patients have bought special floss or even an irrigator for cleaning this fixed device.

How Does a Bridge Compare to Dentures?

Depending on your particular situation, Dr. Perkiomaki may recommend either a fixed or removable bridge. A fixed bridge is permanently bonded to the abutment teeth, while a removable bridge is a partial denture that you take out to clean every day. We offer both fixed bridges and partial dentures because we know our patients like to have options. Instead of abutment teeth, a partial denture relies on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. In some cases, this includes crowns that fit over the natural teeth as well. Usually, metal clasps will do the trick.

How Does a Bridge Compare to Dental Implants?

Dental Bridge - JJ Perkiomaki Dentist Portland, ORWe also offer dental implant treatment when the situation is appropriate. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that we surgically implant into your jawbone. After a brief healing period, we attach a crown to the implant screw. In recent years, implants have become the industry standard for tooth replacements. If you decide that an implant is right for you, your new restoration will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.

Do I need to Brush and Floss a Dental Bridge?

Caring for a fixed bridge is relatively straightforward. An excellent oral hygiene routine can ensure your bridge lasts for many years. You may also need to use a special type of floss to clean in between the bridge and your gum tissue. If you opt to receive a removable bridge, you will have to take out the restoration in order to clean it. Be sure to brush the bridge and use cool, clean water. The most important thing you can do is keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong. After they have been reshaped, your abutment teeth are more susceptible to structural damage and decay.

Want to Learn More About the Dental Bridge?

If you would like to learn more about dental bridges, call (503) 292-8996, and schedule your appointment today!

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