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Is your tooth missing? Are you too old for the tooth fairy to come?  Dr. Shane Ellsworth in McMinnville, Oregon can literally bridge the gap in your adult smile. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about dental bridges and their answers.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge has two crowns with a false tooth in the middle. The false tooth is called a pontic. Most customers prefer their bridges to be made of porcelain, as it looks the most natural. Here at Evans Street Dental Center we strive to make your smile look as natural and healthy as possible.
What types of dental bridges are there?

  • Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned like dentures.
  • Traditional fixed bridges are the most common type of bridges and can only be removed by a dentist.
  • Cantilever bridges are a fixed bridges used when there are teeth on only one side of the missing tooth.
  • Maryland bonded bridges are fixed bridges that are fused to metal teeth supported by a metal framework. These are commonly used for missing front teeth.

How long do fixed bridges last?
They can serve your mouth for 5-7 years or even longer. If you have excellent oral hygiene, you can have a fixed bridge for over 10 years.
Is it hard to eat with a dental bridge?
On the contrary, a bridge makes it easier to eat. The bridge functions just as well as natural teeth, and this way you have more mandibles to chew your food.
Will the dental bridge change how I speak?
A bridge will enhance your ability to talk, especially if you have missing teeth at the front of your mouth. Others will likely notice your clearer speaking voice.
Call us at 503-472-1402 to schedule a consultation today.