Dental Bridges

One or more missing teeth can cause many issues. Lost permanent teeth can lead to more bone loss, facial sagging, and trouble eating and speaking. At Tidy Smiles, we offer custom dental bridges in Palatine, IL, to restore consecutive missing teeth. We use natural-looking materials and accurate impressions for custom-fit bridges.

What are Dental Bridges? 

A dental bridge is a prosthetic designed to replace one or more missing teeth. It acts as a "bridge" by filling the gap created by missing teeth with artificial teeth, known as pontics. 

These pontics use materials such as porcelain, alloys, gold, or a combination of metals. The bridge is anchored in place by crowns that cover the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Dental bridges can help restore the function and appearance of your teeth. They allow you to chew, speak, and smile with confidence. 

Missing teeth can lead to various dental issues, such as bite problems, shifting of remaining teeth, and jawbone loss. Dental bridges prevent these issues and maintain your facial structure. At Tidy Smiles, we specialize in providing high-quality dental bridges that cater to the unique needs of our patients.

Types of Dental Bridges 

Several types of dental bridges are available. Each is designed to address different dental conditions and preferences. Understanding the different types can help you decide which option is best for your oral health needs. 

Traditional Bridges: These are the most common type of dental bridge. They consist of one or more pontics held in place by dental crowns on either side of the gap. Traditional bridges are strong and durable, making them suitable for replacing molars and other teeth that endure significant chewing force. 

Cantilever Bridges: This type of bridge is used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth. Cantilever bridges are less common and are typically placed in areas of the mouth that experience less stress, such as the front teeth. 

Maryland Bridges: Also known as resin-bonded bridges, Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the backs of the adjacent teeth. They require minimal alteration of the surrounding teeth, making them a more conservative option. However, they may not be as strong as traditional bridges and are often used to replace front teeth. 

Benefits of Dental Bridges 

Dental bridges offer a range of benefits in our Palatine, IL office that improve your oral health and quality of life. Here are some of the key advantages: 

Restoring Smile Aesthetics: One of the most obvious benefits of dental bridges is that they restore the appearance of your smile. Missing teeth can create gaps that may make you feel self-conscious. A well-designed dental bridge can blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, giving you a complete and attractive smile. 

Improving Chewing Function: Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew food properly, leading to digestive issues and dietary restrictions. Dental bridges help restore your ability to chew effectively, allowing you to enjoy a wider variety of foods and maintain a balanced diet. 

Preventing Teeth Shifting: When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth may begin to shift into the empty space, causing bite problems and misalignment. Dental bridges help maintain the proper positioning of your teeth, preventing these issues and preserving your bite. 

Supporting Facial Structure: Missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw, which can alter the shape of your face and create a sunken appearance. Dental bridges help maintain the structure of your jaw and support your facial tissues, preventing these changes. 

Dental Bridge Treatment in Palatine, IL

Our team will help you throughout the bridge process. It takes multiple steps to complete dental bridge treatment at Tidy Smiles: 

Initial Consultation 

The first step in getting a dental bridge is scheduling an initial consultation with your dentist. During this appointment, the dentist will evaluate your oral health and determine whether a dental bridge is the right solution for you. The consultation typically includes an exam. 

The dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. This helps identify any underlying issues that may need to be addressed before placing the bridge. 

We take X-rays to create a detailed map of your oral cavity. We use digital X-rays design a custom bridge that fits perfectly and functions effectively. 

Preparation for Bridge Placement 

Once our dentist confirms you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, the preparation process begins. First, we reshape the abutment teeth (the teeth on either side of the gap) to accommodate the crowns that will anchor the bridge. During preparation, we remove a small amount of enamel for a precise fit. 

Then, our dentist takes dental impressions. We send these impressions to a dental lab that will create your final bridge. 

In the meantime, we place a temporary bridge to protect the reshaped teeth and gums. This temporary bridge helps maintain the appearance and function of your teeth until the final bridge is ready. 

Final Placement 

The final step in the dental bridge procedure is the placement of the permanent bridge. First, our dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent bridge over the abutment teeth. Our dentist will carefully adjust the bridge for a proper fit. Then, he bonds it in place with dental cement. 

Our dentist will make adjustments to ensure the best comfort and function. This may involve fine-tuning the bite and ensuring the bridge does not interfere with your natural teeth. 

Aftercare and Maintenance 

After you get a dental bridge, you must follow proper aftercare guidelines to ensure a smooth recovery and long-lasting results. Here are some tips for post-procedure care:

Pain Management: After the bridge placement, you may experience some discomfort or sensitivity. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any pain. If the discomfort persists, contact our dentist for further advice. 

Diet Restrictions: Stick to a soft diet for the first few days after the procedure. Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that could dislodge or damage the bridge. We may recommend mashed potatoes, pasta, smoothies, and other foods. As you heal, you can gradually reintroduce your regular diet. 

Good oral hygiene is crucial for the longevity of your dental bridge. Here are some essential practices to follow: 

Brush and Floss: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean around the bridge and adjacent teeth. Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth. Special floss threaders can help you clean under the bridge. You may also use water flossers. 

Regular Dental Check-ups: Visit your dentist every six months for routine check-ups and cleanings. Regular dental visits allow our dentist to monitor the condition of your bridge and address any potential issues early on. We can also adjust your bridge if needed. 

Potential Risks and Complications 

Getting a dental bridge may involve some short-term discomfort, like any dental procedure. You can experience temporary sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. However, this will fade within a few days as your mouth adjusts to the new bridge. 

The area around the bridge may also feel sore or irritated. You can rinse with warm salt water can help soothe the gums. If the irritation persists, contact your dentist for further guidance. 

While dental bridges are generally safe and effective, there are potential long-term issues to be aware of. Decay can develop around the abutment teeth if you do not maintain a good oral hygiene routine. 

This can compromise the bridge's stability and lead to further dental problems. Over time, the bridge may become loose or fail if not properly cared for. Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene practices can help extend the life of your bridge. 

Restore Your Teeth 

Do you need to replace one or more missing teeth? Get custom dental bridges in Palatine, IL to replace your missing teeth. Schedule an appointment with us online or call 224-268-1797.

We also serve patients from Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, and Barrington.