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Traditional Dental Bridges
Lake Oswego, OR


Traditional Dental Bridges offered by Nicholas Dose, DMD in Lake Oswego, ORYou can suffer tooth loss for some different reasons. One of the most common causes of tooth loss is gum or periodontal disease. You can also lose teeth as a result of issues such as facial trauma and severe tooth decay. When you lose your teeth, your entire life is affected. Even losing just one tooth can have a major impact. At Nicholas Dose, DMD - Family Dental Care, we can replace a single missing tooth with a bridge.

Effects of Losing a Tooth


Losing a tooth does more than just affect the quality of your smile. This is why, even when you cannot see the tooth when flashing a grin, it is important to replace it. Other effects of tooth loss include
•  Difficulty chewing properly. When you cannot chew effectively, you are not able to completely break down foods. This makes digestion more difficult. Your body cannot fully absorb all of the nutrients from the foods you eat, which can lead to malnutrition.
•  You may develop a lisp.
•  Your risk for issues such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth damage increase.
•  Your jawbone begins to weaken, which causes the bone to change shape. Eventually, your healthy teeth begin to shift out of alignment, which can lead to issues such as bruxism and TMD.

What is a Bridge?


A bridge is a restoration commonly used to replace a single missing tooth, although it can be used to replace up to three missing teeth. There are a few different types of bridges, including Maryland, cantilever, and fixed. Fixed bridges are the most common, and are often made from ceramic. The pontic, or replacement, the tooth is made to look exactly like a real tooth. It fills the space left behind by your missing tooth, restoring its functions and appearance. A fixed bridge also has two crowns, one on each side of the pontic tooth. The crowns are used to anchor the bridge into place on your adjacent healthy teeth, working to hold the bridge securely in place.

The Process for Getting a Bridge


The process for getting a fixed bridge is fairly similar to the process for getting a crown. To place the bridge, we need to prepare the adjacent teeth where the bridge will be anchored. These teeth are called the abutment teeth. Preparing these teeth involves removing a portion of the enamel from each one to make them smaller. This is done to ensure that your bridge fits properly and comfortably in your mouth. After preparing the teeth, we take an impression of your mouth. The impression is used to design and create your custom bridge. Once it is ready, we check the bridge for fit and bite and then cement it into place on the abutment teeth.

Benefits of a Bridge


A bridge provides you with several significant benefits. These include
•  Enabling you to eat properly. This then improves your digestion and nutrition.
•  Your speech is restored to normal.
•  Your smile, and your confidence are restored.
•  The bridge helps to hold your adjacent teeth in proper alignment.
•  Your oral health is improved.
•  Bite pressures are evenly restored, reducing the risk of tooth damage.

If you have suffered tooth loss, it is essential that you have the tooth replaced as soon as possible. For more information, and to find out if a bridge is right for you, call Nicholas Dose, DMD - Family Dental Care at (503) 765-7300 today.

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Nicholas Dose, DMD
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Lake Oswego, OR 97034-2370
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