Bridge the Gap to a Healthy Smile with Dental Bridges

An illustrated example of a dental bridgeIf you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge may be a very valuable and effective treatment for your smile. A dental bridge is a restoration that literally bridges the gap between missing teeth. Dr. Art Carpenter is a highly skilled and esteemed dentist who can design and place traditional dental bridges or implant-supported bridges at his Kenilworth, IL, dental office. During a consultation, Dr. Carpenter can determine which option is best for you based on your goals and the state of your oral health.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A traditional dental bridge consists of at least two dental crowns that provide a foundation for a pontic⏤or prosthetic tooth⏤that rests in the space created by a missing tooth. The two teeth on either side of the gap are called abutment teeth, and are reshaped in order to be capped with crowns that ultimately provide support for the pontic. Dental bridges can also be supported by dental implants, which are small posts surgically inserted into the jaw to replace tooth roots. While both traditional and implant-supported bridges are highly beneficial for patients with missing teeth, there is no other dental restoration that offers more benefits than dental implants. 

Procedure for Placing a Dental Bridge

Once Dr. Carpenter has determined your candidacy for a dental bridge, he will begin the process by taking detailed impressions of your smile. During your consultation, Dr. Carpenter will ask you to bite down on special dental putty. This will allow our high-tech dental lab to create a bridge that blends seamlessly with your smile. Our dental lab uses only metal-free zirconia or IPS e.max® dental bridge materials that look as natural as real teeth while providing excellent durability. These materials will allow you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence knowing that your dental bridge will not shift or break.

Dental bridges can also be supported by dental implants, which are small posts surgically inserted into the jaw to replace tooth roots.

If you choose an implant-supported bridge, you must first undergo one to two surgeries in which the implants are inserted in the jaw. This can extend the total treatment timeline by three to six months. If you are missing only one tooth, you will only need a single implant and an implant-supported crown.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

Living with missing teeth can make everyday tasks such as eating or speaking much more difficult. Dental bridges can improve your confidence by increasing your urge to smile more often, attend social gatherings, and simply feel more comfortable in your own skin.

Your oral health can be dramatically improved by receiving a dental bridge, especially one that is supported by a dental implant. A dental implant replaces tooth roots and fuses with your jawbone for unparalleled support. Implants are the only restorative treatment that can prevent jaw atrophy following tooth loss. This not only supports oral health, but also helps to maintain your facial features.

Missing teeth can also have a negative impact on the alignment of your jaw, leading to headaches and other unwanted symptoms. Fortunately, a dental bridge can more evenly distribute the force of your bite, relieving tension on the temporomandibular joints (TMJs). 

Contact Our Office to Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Carpenter strives to help each patient as completely as possible, and he wants to help you overcome the struggles of living with missing teeth. Whether you need a traditional or implant-supported bridge, we can help you restore your smile and your confidence. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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