Dental Bridges Specialist

Timothy Lee, DDS -  - General & Cosmetic Dentist

Mission Dental

Timothy Lee, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Eugene, OR

Are you embarrassed by your smile due to cracked or missing teeth? At Mission Dental, located in Eugene, Oregon, Timothy Lee, DDS, and his caring dental staff offer long-lasting dental bridges that look entirely natural. Patients can rely on Dr. Lee and his knowledgeable staff to spend the extra care needed to understand everyone’s individual needs. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about whether dental bridges are the right option for you.

Dental Bridges Q & A

What are dental bridges?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device cemented onto your existing teeth or implants. Dental bridges can replace a missing tooth or teeth by using your surrounding teeth as a foundation and creating a literal ‘bridge’ between your remaining teeth and missing ones where a false tooth is set. Unlike dentures that are removable, only your dentist can take out a dental bridge.

How are dental bridges inserted?

Dr. Lee carefully cements bridges to your natural teeth or implants so they can span the space where teeth are missing. These teeth are called abutments, which serve as anchors for your new bridge. Dr. Lee then attaches a false tooth to the crowns that cover the abutments.

Dr. Lee can help you decide which material is best for you based on the exact position of your missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations, and cost.   

After your dental implants are properly placed, Dr. Lee will schedule a follow-up appointment to evaluate your bridge, oral health, and see how your mouth is responding to the treatment.

Why choose porcelain for your dental bridge?

Dental porcelain can be shaped to replicate your original teeth and fit comfortably within your established bite pattern. Porcelain is very durable, meaning it will withstand most natural tooth functions.

It also serves an aesthetic purpose: porcelain can match the color of your natural teeth. It convincingly mimics tooth enamel, ensuring that your teeth look natural and beautiful as ever.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

Dr. Lee may recommend a dental bridge if you're missing one or more teeth.

The gaps left behind by missing teeth will ultimately cause your remaining teeth to move or rotate into the empty spaces. Such gaps can result in a misaligned bite and cause imbalances that could lead to oral issues such as gum disease.

  • Some of the benefits of a dental bridge include:
  • Maintaining the natural shape of your face
  • Restoring and improving your smile
  • Restoring your ability to speak and chew
  • Properly distributing your bite force
  • Preventing your remaining teeth from shifting

Dr. Lee and the skilled, compassionate staff at Mission Dental use the latest, most advanced technology when it comes to fitting you with the best dental bridge for you. Dr. Lee ensures that you receive the best results possible. Call or schedule an appointment online to see if a dental bridge could improve your smile.