What are Dental Bridges?

If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Brian Homann may suggest a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a non-removable dental appliance used to replace one or multiple lost teeth. Dental bridges use porcelain replacement teeth to bridge the empty space left by a missing tooth. A dental bridge is especially useful for replacing one tooth or several teeth in a row. We will perform an in-depth examination to determine what type of dental bridge would benefit your smile most. We take pride in making sure our patients get the solutions that help give them confidence in their smile.

How Are Dental Bridges Inserted?

A traditional dental bridge includes a replacement tooth called a pontic and two dental crowns. The teeth adjacent to the missing gap are prepared to receive the dental crowns, which will anchor the bridge into place. Once the crowns and pontic have been fitted and all final adjustments have been made, we will cement the dental bridge into place. Once the bridge is in place, you’ll again be able to enjoy a beautiful smile without worrying about what people think of the gap in your teeth.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are long-lasting tooth replacement options. In Elk Grove Village, Illinois, dental bridges are custom made to look like your natural teeth, so you can be confident that your smile looks naturally beautiful. When in place, the bridge can restore facial volume, enhance the beauty of your smile, and improve your ability to properly speak and eat.

Are Dental Bridges Right for You?

Not everyone is a good candidate for dental bridges. For instance, if you’re missing a large number of teeth, dental bridges may not be the ideal solution. However, if you are only missing a few teeth, dental bridges might be the ideal choice to restore your smile. We will evaluate your dental health and the condition of your teeth and make the appropriate recommendation to move forward with the right treatment plan for you. It’s our goal to ensure each of our patients is fully satisfied with the result of their treatment.

How Effective Are They?

When cared for properly, dental bridges can last years or even decades.  One of the biggest concerns our patients have is how dental bridges affect the surrounding teeth. The truth is, even the undamaged teeth on either side of the gap must be altered in order to accept the anchor crowns.  In certain cases, the bridge may be the ideal (or even only) option to replace a missing tooth.  In many cases, a dental implant may conserve more natural tooth structure and may be a good alternative option to consider.  Dr. Homann will be happy to discuss if a bridge, a dental implant, or another option would be right for you.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of dental bridges, we encourage you to contact our friendly dental office today.