If you have gaps in your mouth from missing teeth, a dental bridge can help close that gap. A dental bridge consists of a false tooth or pontic supported by the remaining teeth on each side. These teeth are made from various materials, including porcelain and gold.
A dental bridge procedure, along with other methods of restorative dentistry in Lake County, IL, returns the functionality and look of your smile. Thus, you can be confident in not only your looks, but that you will have no issues eating, speaking, or resuming normal functions.
Why Choose a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge addresses the changes caused by missing teeth and restores the natural smile. Dental bridges maintain the ability to chew correctly, coupled with restoring proper pronunciation while speaking. Bridges restore the shape of the jaw and face as well as the appropriate distribution of the bite for chewing food.
Additionally, a dental bridge helps to avoid further shifts in your mouth. When a gap in the mouth is left untreated, the remaining teeth tend to move and spread to fill in the missing area. With a bridge, however, the teeth remain in their natural position, which does not disrupt speech, eating, or other functions.
Your dentist designs each dental bridge to match your teeth in appearance. This means the bridges have a similar color, size, and shape as your natural teeth. With appropriate care, dental bridges can last for years.
Traditional Dental Bridges
In traditional dental bridges, the most common dental bridge procedure, crowns on either side of the missing tooth support the bridge. First, your dentist places new crowns or ensures that existing crowns can support a bridge. Then, your dentist cements the bridge to the crowns on either side. Your dentist may recommend the use of traditional dental bridges where teeth remain on both sides of the tooth gap. In addition to bridges, we also offer dental crowns in Lake County.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
In a cantilever dental bridge, a crown, cemented to only one natural tooth, supports the false tooth or pontic. Similar to traditional dental bridges, cantilever dental bridges apply where there is at least one natural tooth present next to the gap.
Maryland Dental Bridges
Maryland dental bridges employ support from two remaining teeth, similar to traditional bridges. Instead of crown cementing to hold the pontic, these bridges use a framework of porcelain or metal. Your dentist bonds this framework on to the back of your natural teeth for support. In short, Maryland dental bridges are usually installed when there are two natural teeth on each side of the missing tooth gap.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Where there are no natural teeth to bond or crown the pontic, dentists employ dental implants. Your dentist first installs an implant to replace the missing tooth. If health reasons prevent an implant for each tooth, the bridge may consist of implant-supported crowns to suspend the pontic between them.
Two surgeries occur for implant-supported bridges. First, implants are placed into the jawbone. Then, they will place the bridge.
Contact Greenwood Dental Care
At Greenwood Dental, we provide dental bridges Lake County, IL residents rely on. Our specialty dental bridge experts have at their disposal materials such as zirconia, ceramic, composite resin and metal alloy covered in resin for your selection.
Additionally, other restorative dentistry procedures that we offer include:
Call Greenwood Dental Care now at 855.528.3961 to start your dental bridge procedure today. You may need additional and pre-operational dental treatments before installing the dental bridge, especially where implants are to be surgically placed. Restore your smile today by opting for a dental bridge!