Complete Fixed Bridge
Tigard, OR

An example of a complete fixed dental bridge at Lincoln Center Smiles in Portland, ORLosing even just one tooth can have serious effects on your life. There are many ways in which a tooth can be lost. It may fall out as a result of tooth decay. It can be knocked out as a result of facial or dental trauma. You may need to have a tooth extracted. No matter what the cause of your tooth loss, it is important to have it replaced. Lincoln Center Smiles can help with a partial or complete fixed bridge.

Effects of a Missing Tooth

When you lose a tooth, there are several issues that arise:
•  It becomes more difficult to eat.
•  Food can get lodged in the space, increasing your risk for gum disease.
•  Your digestion is affected, as is your nutrition.
•  Additional stresses are placed on your other teeth, increasing your risk of tooth damage.
•  Your speech may be affected.
•  Your jaw begins to change shape, which can cause your other teeth to shift out of natural alignment.

What is a Fixed Bridge?

A fixed bridge is a restoration used to replace one to three missing teeth in any area of your mouth. Typically made of porcelain or ceramic, this restoration is a single unit consisting of the replacement teeth, set between two dental crowns. The crowns are there to attach to the two teeth adjacent to the space in your dentition. They anchor the restoration in place, holding it securely in place.

How is a Fixed Bridge Placed?

A fixed bridge typically requires two separate appointments. At your first appointment, the two adjacent teeth, referred to as the abutment teeth, are prepared. This process involves trimming, or removing, a portion of the enamel from each tooth, reducing them in size. This is necessary to ensure that your bridge fits naturally and comfortably in with the rest of your teeth. After the teeth are prepared, a process that is done under a local anesthetic, impressions of your mouth are taken.

Your impressions are sent to our dental lab. There, your bridge is custom designed and created. It can take up to two weeks for the bridge to be completed and returned. While you wait, a temporary bridge is set in place, which helps to protect your abutment teeth. When the bridge is ready, you will have your second appointment. At this appointment, we check the fixed bridge to make sure that it fits properly, your bite is comfortable, and that it blends in with the rest of your teeth. If no adjustments are needed, the bridge is then bonded into place using special dental cement.

What are the Benefits of a Fixed Bridge?

Fixed bridges offer several benefits:
•  They are affordable.
•  They restore your ability to bite, chew, and speak.
•  Your digestion and nutrition are improved.
•  Your oral health is improved.
•  Your smile is restored, which can give you back your confidence.
•  Your other teeth are held in proper alignment, preventing your adjacent teeth from shifting.
•  The bridge can be cared for just like the rest of your natural teeth.

Even if you are missing just one tooth, replacing it is essential. For more information, and to find out if a fixed bridge is right for you, call Lincoln Center Smiles today at (503) 598-0898.
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