Dental Bridgework

You’re by no means alone if you are missing one or more teeth. It’s estimated that adults between the ages of 20 and 60 have, on average, at least three decayed or missing teeth. Fortunately, at East Village Dental Centre, your cosmetic dentist in Wicker Park, we have multiple options for replacing missing teeth, including the use of dental bridgework.

Benefits of dental bridges

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth, and their benefits include:

  • Restoring your smile
  • Restoring the ability to eat and speak normally
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Distributing the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position

Types of dental bridges

Traditional bridge – This is the most popular type of bridge and consists of one or more pontics (false teeth) held in place by dental crowns. These crowns are called abutments and are cemented to the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth. They can be used when you have natural teeth on each side of the gap in your mouth, but the enamel must be removed to make room for the crowns. Since enamel doesn’t grow back, these teeth must always be protected by crowns.

Cantilever bridge – Here, the pontic is supported by an abutment on only one side. So, if there’s only one natural tooth adjacent to the gap, a bridge can still be used. Again, the enamel must be removed from the adjacent tooth to make room for the supporting crown.

Maryland bridge – These are considered a conservative alternative to a traditional bridge and consist of a pontic held in place by a metal or porcelain framework. The framework is bonded onto the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Since this bridge is not held in place by crowns, there is no need to remove the enamel from these teeth.

Implant-supported bridge – These bridges are supported by implants instead of crowns or frameworks. Thanks to the implants, these bridges feel secure and comfortable, much like the natural teeth they’ve replaced. However, this type requires two minor surgeries, one to place the implant and the second to place the bridge, and possibly three surgeries if bone grafting is needed.

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Now that you know that your cosmetic dentist in Winter Park can close the gaps in your teeth, call us today at 773-278-6622 and let us restore your smile.

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East Village Dental Centre

901 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

(773) 278-6622

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