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Dental Bridge Repair & Installation Treatments in Chicago

Lost adult teeth cause more than just cosmetic issues. While many patients might be focused on how a gap in their smile affects their confidence, it can also have severe effects on your oral health. Many dentists recommend tooth replacement treatments like dental bridges to replace either single teeth or multiple teeth. 

Dental bridges can help restore the function of your teeth as well as the cosmetic look of your smile. They can help prevent problems with chewing, eating, or speaking clearly. Our team in Chicago provides dental bridge procedures including creating new dental bridges and repairing and replacing bridges as needed. If you need to replace a lost adult tooth or you are worried about a broken bridge, please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our five offices in Chicago.

 

What Types Of Dental Bridges Are There?

The most common and most likely recommended dental bridge is the traditional dental bridge. This bridge works by using a tooth on either side of the gap as an anchor. Dental crowns are used to hold the bridge in place, and this helps replace either a single tooth or multiple adjacent teeth. This is recommended for patients who have healthy teeth on either side of a missing tooth or group of missing teeth. 

A cantilever dental bridge is similar to a traditional bridge but it only has one anchor point. This is done if there is only one natural tooth that can be used to hold the bridge in place. Because they are relying on a single tooth, they are not as strong as a traditional bridge. So if you have healthy teeth on either side of a gap your dentist will likely not recommend a cantilever bridge. 

A Maryland bridge is sometimes called a resin-bonded bridge. Instead of using dental crowns to hold the bridge in place, a dentist uses dental bonding to hold the bridge in place by bonding metal wings from the bridge to the backs of the healthy teeth. This is often recommended for dental bridges for the front teeth. Most chewing pressure is placed on the back teeth, and a bridge made this way would likely not be able to handle that amount of pressure. 

How Is A Dental Bridge Installed?

As mentioned above there are different types of dental bridges. Your dentist will recommend a type of bridge based on your remaining healthy teeth and which teeth are missing. The most common way to install a dental bridge is with dental crowns. A dental crown is a synthetic cap to a tooth. Similar to a dental filling, this dental material is fused to the tooth. Because of this, your dentist might need to shave down the health tooth and then fuse the bridge in place with the dental crowns on top. 

Dental bridges are more often covered by insurance than other dental tooth replacement options. But that depends on your insurance plan. Different insurance plans provide different coverage. For example, you may have a co-pay or a deductible that influences how you use coverage for a dental bridge. For more information, please click below to learn about payment options with our team. We provide financing and other solutions for patients who either do not have insurance or have insurance that does not provide the coverage they need. 

 

How Long Does A Dental Bridge Last?

Dental bridges are designed to be replacements for lost teeth but can experience wear and tear. Most bridges need to be replaced every 5-7 years. However, the speed at which a bridge gets damaged is often dependent on how a patient treats their teeth. Brushing and flossing can prevent dental decay from hurting the teeth that are used as anchors. This prevents a bridge from becoming loose and eventually breaking or needing to be replaced. Even with great oral care though it is important to see a dentist frequently especially when you have a bridge. That way replacements can be made in advance instead of reactively. 

 

Tooth Replacement Dentist in Chicago

Our dental office provides a variety of treatments that can help patients preserve and maintain their oral health. This includes regular checkups and cleanings to help prevent teeth from getting damaged and falling out as well as a variety of dental treatments like bridges that can help replace a lost tooth.

Like with any medical issue, the earlier issues are caught the better. If we can catch the early signs fo tooth decay or gum disease we can treat them before the tooth becomes loose and falls out or gets infected.

If you live in the Chicago area and are interested in setting up a dental visit with our team, please click below to schedule an appointment. 

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