What are dental bridges, and how can they improve the smile?
At Eco-Friendly Dentistry of Oak Lawn, Illinois, Drs. Ahmed Mataria and Dr. Suh provide a wide selection of therapeutic dentistry solutions for new and returning patients. When patients are missing one or several adult teeth in a row, they may be advised to consider the advantages of the dental bridge
A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time, using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat, and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.
Understanding the dental bridge and how it works
A dental bridge is a standard solution to address the problem of missing teeth. This restoration is also referred to as a fixed partial denture. It relies on the support of natural teeth, implants, or a combination of both to “bridge” the gap where one or more teeth may be absent.
The dental bridge consists of two crowns that are placed on each end of the restoration. In between these crowns are false teeth, also called pontics. The pontics can be made from materials such as gold, porcelain, or alloys and fused to the metal framework. Natural teeth or dental implants often support dental bridges.
The procedure for placing a dental bridge
The first step in the dental bridge process is to prepare the abutment teeth. This involves removing a portion of the enamel from these teeth so crowns can be placed over them. Impressions are then taken of your teeth and sent to a dental lab, where the bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge may be placed during this time.
Once the bridge is ready, the patient will return to have it checked and fitted. The abutment teeth will be cleaned, polished, and prepared for the placement of the crowns. The bridge will be checked for fit and then cemented into place.
Do I need a dental bridge for my front teeth?
If you are missing one or more permanent teeth from the front of the smile, a dental bridge might be a restoration to consider. The bridge will use the adjacent teeth for support, fitting into place and repairing the appearance and function of the smile. The teeth created for the dental bridge are made to match the rest of the teeth for seamless integration.
Am I a candidate for a dental bridge from my dental provider?
The best way to find out if you are a good fit for dental bridges is to request a consultation visit with our experienced team of professionals at Eco-Friendly Dentistry. Dr. Ahmed Mataria and Dr. Suh of Oak Lawn, IL, are committed to providing the best possible care for you and your family. Call 773-429-1400 to request an appointment at 4934 W 95th Street to determine if you are a candidate for this or other dental restoration services available at our facility.