Looking to close gaps between your teeth? Dental bridges can give an aesthetic feel and cover unsightly spaces in your dental arch.
Implants and dental bridges are both used to cover gaps in your teeth. However, while implants involve dental surgery, dental bridges can be fitted on without invasive techniques. Our dentist in Portland, OR can measure spaces in your oral cavity and fabricate well-fitting bridges for your requirement.
Dental bridges involve the fitting of false teeth or crowns that are anchored onto abutment (or supporting teeth) on both sides of the gap. In the absence of natural teeth, dental bridges can also be supported by implants. Since implants are made of titanium and not prone to decay, implant-supported bridges tend to last much longer. Contact Serene Dental in Portland, OR for more information on dental bridges near you.
There are mainly four types of dental bridges available:
1. Traditional Dental Bridge
Traditional dental bridges are the most popular and are fitted onto natural abutment teeth on either side of the empty space. These are usually replaced every five to six years, depending on aftercare and oral hygiene.
2. Cantilever Dental Bridges
The pontic (false tooth) in a dental bridge is attached to only one natural tooth instead of two as in traditional ones.
3. Maryland Dental Bridge
This model is a slight variant of the traditional bridge in that it uses a metal or porcelain framework instead of natural teeth. The framework is bonded to the backs of the abutment teeth for extra support.
4. Implant-Supported Dental Bridge
This type of bridge involves surgical intervention, and the bridge is supported by placing one implant for each missing tooth. The bridge may also be supported by two implants on either side of the gap with crowns used as replacements for missing teeth. This procedure usually involves two surgeries: One to place the implants and another for the bridge.
Please contact Serene Dental in Portland, OR for more details regarding appointments, procedures, benefits, and costs.