Dental Bridges in Woodridge, IL
4 Star Dental provides dental bridges in Woodridge, IL. Call 630 869-0063 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
The American Dental Association (ADA) states that the average adult has three teeth that are severely decayed or missing. Dental bridges are one solution for replacing missing teeth.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing one or more teeth in row, a dental bridge may be right for you. As the name suggests, it bridges the gap left behind by missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of two main parts: abutments and pontics. Abutments are crowns at both ends of the bridge that support its weight on either the natural teeth or dental implants. Pontics are extremely realistic synthetic teeth. We will cement the abutments in place, creating a restoration that is both functional and aesthetic, and can last for decades with proper care.
Dental bridges come in four basic types. We will help you choose the type that is right for you.
Traditional Dental Bridge
The traditional dental bridge is still the most common type today. We will shave down and prepare the healthy teeth at each end of the gap to accept the abutment crowns. Since it is anchored to your own natural teeth, a traditional dental bridge is secure and durable.
If you do not have strong, healthy teeth at both ends, we can place a cantilever bridge, which is cemented to a natural tooth at only one end. Since there is no anchor on the other side, there is no way to distribute the forces of biting and chewing. This increases the risk of fracture or shifting in the anchor tooth. For this reason, cantilever bridges are typically placed only on teeth that do not take heavy forces.
A Maryland bridge preserves the natural tooth structure, as the teeth do not have to be prepared for crowns. Instead, the bridge is supported by a metal structure that is bonded to the backs of the natural teeth. A Maryland bridge does increase the risk of shifting in the supporting teeth, but it can be an appropriate choice for teeth that are not under a heavy load.
Implant Supported Bridge
Implant supported bridges are quickly becoming the gold standard in dental bridges. Dental implants made of biocompatible titanium are inserted into the jawbone at each end of the run of missing teeth. These replace the tooth roots, creating a strong, stable foundation for the bridge. The healthy natural teeth are not impacted in any way. However, an implant supported bridge is more expensive than other types of dental bridges.
Dental insurance may or may not cover an implant supported bridge, so check your coverage before making a decision. Note that if it is considered medically necessary, your insurance company may be more likely to cover it.
No single type of dental bridge is right for everyone. We will help you choose the bridge that best meets your needs, budget, and preferences.
If you need a dental bridge, call 4 Star Dental today at 630 869-0063 to schedule your appointment.
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