When you’ve lost a tooth or teeth, you need a natural-looking replacement. Jeremy Haider, DMD, at Haider Family Dentistry in Salem, Oregon, provides dental bridges when you’ve lost a tooth or several teeth in a row. Dental bridges are an excellent option to restore your smile and the functionality of your teeth so you can eat and speak normally. If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, call or make an appointment online today to learn if dental bridges are right for you.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces a row of missing teeth with false teeth that are anchored in place by crowns on either side of the gap. Dental bridges are custom-made to not only fit your mouth precisely but also to match your remaining natural teeth for a flawless appearance.
When you lose a tooth or teeth, your remaining teeth will move, drifting into the available space. This can cause gaps and disrupt your bite — the way your top and bottom teeth meet when you close your mouth — which can affect your ability to eat and speak. Dental bridges span those gaps and hold your natural teeth in place.
Dental bridges are minimally invasive to install and provide a natural-looking prosthetic tooth option to restore your smile. The crowns and artificial teeth are resistant to staining and decay. A permanently fixed dental bridge can last a lifetime with proper care.
The team at Haider Family Dentistry typically installs dental bridges in just two visits. During your first appointment, Dr. Haider prepares your mouth for the bridge. This includes removing a small amount of tooth enamel to make room for the crowns on the neighboring teeth that will be used to anchor the bridge.
Dr. Haider also takes molds and pictures of your gap and remaining teeth. The molds and images are used to custom-make a bridge that fits your mouth and matches your remaining natural teeth exactly.
You have your second appointment when your custom bridge is ready. Dr. Haider carefully fits the bridge and checks your bite before bonding the anchoring crowns to the teeth on either side of your gap.
Once your bridge is in place, Dr. Haider will polish the crowns and false teeth until they shine like your natural teeth and you go home with a beautifully restored smile.
If you're missing a tooth or several adjacent teeth, call or make an appointment online to find out if a dental bridge is the best way to correct your smile.