|At Thurston Oaks Dental, our main goal has always been to protect the health of our patients, our team and our community. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we're closing the office for all elective dental treatment until further notice from the Washington State Dental Association. We will contact you as soon as the office reopens.
If you are having a dental emergency (experiencing pain or possible infection), please contact Dr.Alan Snodgrass directly at 360-901-2406.
We wish you all good health & we will get through this all together!
Thurston Oaks Dental
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. Your local Vancouver dentist, Dr. Snodgrass, will discuss the best options for your particular case. The "traditional bridge" is the most common type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. These fixed bridges most resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached on either side of the artificial teeth (pontics), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years with proper homecare; however, they may need to be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear.
Crowns & Bridgework
Reasons For a Fixed Bridge
What does getting a Fixed Bridge involve?
First Visit - Preparation
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. With the teeth numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, an impression or mold is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory to be fabricated. A temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
Second Visit - Permanent Bridge
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit and comfortable bite.
Dental Bridge Care
You will receive care instructions from Dr. Snodgrass. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits help lengthen the life of your new permanent bridge. Contact us today to learn more!