Dental Bridge

Patient Education Resource

Chicago Dental Smiles serves these neighborhoods from our downtown Chicago dentist office: The Loop, Streeterville, River North, Near West Loop, Near South Loop, Lakeshore East, Gold Coast, Old Town and Lincoln Park.

WHAT IS A DENTAL BRIDGE?

Your downtown Chicago dentist, Mohit Joshi, DDS

dental bridge is a natural-looking dental appliance that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, a dental bridge is barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth

There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges.

Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make the dental bridge appliances.

Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone. Bridges that attach natural teeth together do not last as long as implants that are attached together. If you are considering a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth or a section of missing teeth, it is important to consider the dental implant route first as means for restoration. Oftentimes, a bridge is considered as a more economical option for a dental implant site with deficient bone.

DENTAL BRIDGE EXPECTATIONS

Your downtown Chicago dentist, Mohit Joshi, DDS

Dental bridges are usually performed in two visits; during the first visit the patient’s teeth are examined. Once it is determined that they will receive a dental bridge, a local anesthetic will be given in order to prepare the teeth that will support the dental bridge. After preparation of the teeth is complete, a mold is taken in order to design a dental bridge that has a natural and secure fit. Without a secure fit the teeth under the bridge supports can suffer from decay because they are nearly impossible to clean with the bridge in place. Until the permanent bridge is completed, Dr. Joshi will fit you with a temporary dental bridge so the teeth and gums can be protected from damage.

To complete the procedure, you must return to the dental office for a second visit to have the bridge fitted and cemented in place. After the bridge is correctly fitted and the bite is perfect, our dental staff will take further impressions to ensure that the bite is natural and does not cause any pain or discomfort during your bite. Dr. Joshi’s and our team will ensure that the shade is the same as your natural teeth, resulting in a natural-looking smile that will boost your confidence and make you feel better about smile.