A dental bridge is a false tooth that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Dental bridges are some of the most common ways to fill in gaps in your smile. Bridges can be manufactured with several different materials, and they are known for their natural appearance, long-lasting nature, and quick installation.
Here at Smile On Dental Salon & Sleep Apnea Center, we are your Lakeview and Deerfield source for dental bridges. Here is everything you need to know about dental bridges for tooth replacement.
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What Are Dental Bridges?
If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge is typically used to fill the gap(s). A dental bridge is typically made with crowns on either side of the missing tooth or teeth supporting the pontic (false tooth) and is cemented in place. There are four types of dental bridges:
Who Needs Dental Bridges in Chicago?
Dental bridges can help your smile if you have a missing tooth or teeth. The most common causes of missing teeth are:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Congenital conditions
To get a dental bridge, you need to have healthy teeth on either side of the missing ones. Because your teeth work together, if a single tooth is missing, nearby teeth can move into the space. This can cause:
- Chewing difficulties
- Bite problems
- Pain from the extra stress on your teeth and jaw
- Self-consciousness about the way you look or your smile
When it comes to the cost of dental bridges, several different factors enter into how much you pay. The cost factors include:
- Number of dental bridges needed to fill tooth gaps
- Materials used, such as zirconia, composite resin, or metal alloy
- Geographic location
- Additional treatments for other dental issues
- Complexity and difficulty of the placement
Cost also can vary based on the type of bridge that you select. The least expensive bridges are typically Maryland bridges, while the most expensive are implant-supported bridges.
If our Lakeview and Deerfield dentists determine that you need dental bridges during a cleaning or a regular exam, we will let you know your options. Your bridge appointment will be set for a different time, and our office staff will work with you to find an appropriate time for follow-up.
What to Expect
Inserting dental bridges is a common procedure and one that our team of dentists has plenty of experience with. The installation of the bridges typically lasts around one hour, depending on the complexity of the procedure.
How Long Do Bridges Last?
Dental bridges tend to last at least five to seven years, with proper care. With good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings, the bridge can last up to 10 years.
The success of the dental bridges depends on the health and strength of your remaining teeth. For proper bridge care, you should be sure to:
- Brush twice a day and floss daily
- Get regular professional cleanings
- Eat a balanced diet
Why Choose Smile On Dental Salon
With convenient locations in both Lakeview and Deerfield, Smile On Dental Salon is dedicated to providing our patients a full range of gentle dental care services in our modern, state-of-the-art location. We are committed to providing you with the best care and solutions for your specific, personal treatment needs, including cosmetic, preventive, and restorative dentistry.
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To book an appointment, call our Lakeview clinic at 773-525-5545 or our Deerfield clinic at 224-282-8939.
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