By Dow Dental
October 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bridges  

If you've got a gap from missing teeth in your smile, dental bridges can fill it in.

Some dental lingo can be confusing or too clinical for the average patient. However, dental bridges do exactly what their name says: Bridgesthey bridge a gap caused by one or more missing teeth. The bridge itself looks just like a regular tooth but can be made of gold, ceramic or other materials. Here, you'll learn why Dr. Coleman Dow and Dr. Douglas Dow, dentists in Springfield, Oregon, often recommend bridges to patients who are looking to replace one or more of their missing teeth.

Why should I fill in empty spaces with bridges?

It may seem like one or two missing teeth are no big deal, especially if they're not visible when you smile. However, you'll eventually miss that tooth, especially if decay builds up or your other teeth start to shift because they're without the proper support that comes from a full set. Having a dental bridge placed by your Springfield, Oregon dentist has several advantages: chewing and speaking will be easier, your smile will look healthier and you'll have a better chance of keeping your remaining teeth.

How do dental bridges work?

First, the two teeth that will act as abutments for the bridge are prepared for crowns. This usually involves a small amount of enamel being removed in order to ensure a proper fit. These teeth are crowned by your Springfield, Oregon dentist to provide the needed support for the middle portion of the bridge, called the pontic, which is crafted in a laboratory to look just like a natural tooth. After making sure it is fitted properly, Dr. Douglas Dow or Dr. Coleman Dow will cement it into place.

With proper care and regular checkups, it's not unusual to have dental bridges last for a decade or more before needing replacement. If you're missing a tooth - or several - and would like to learn more about how bridges can help improve your smile, contact Dow Dental in Springfield, Oregon today!