Dental bridges are one way we replace missing teeth at Sleep Dentistry of Portland. A bridge makes it easier to chew, improves appearance, and helps keep your teeth, gums, and jaw healthy.
Spaces left by missing teeth inevitably affect the rest of your teeth. Gaps can cause chewing problems, but that's just the start. If even one tooth is missing, other teeth may slowly shift out of place.
This changes the way your teeth fit together, which may make your jaw sore. Your teeth may become harder to clean — leading to tooth decay and gum disease — and shifting teeth may change your smile.
A fixed bridge is one or more replacement teeth attached to the natural teeth next to them or a surgically placed dental implant. It can only be removed by a dentist.
Fixed dental bridges can be made of metal, tooth-colored porcelain, or a combination of these materials — you and your dentist will choose the best material for you.
A smile restored with a bridge makes it much easier to chew and enjoy food again. A full set of teeth gives you more confidence, restores your appearance, and makes it easier to speak clearly.
Having a bridge placed also serves your remaining teeth by preventing them from shifting and keeps your jaw bone from changing shape.