Premier Dentistry Treats Tooth Loss With Dental Bridges
Are missing teeth affecting your daily quality of life and smile confidence?
At Premier Dentistry in Chicago, IL, our dentists Dr. Brand and Dr. Stein are prosthodontists that help patients with tooth loss revitalize their smiles. They are experts at placing comfortable and natural-looking restorative dental treatments such as dental bridges.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Replacing one or more lost teeth restores balance and function to the teeth and gums. Additionally, it is important to replace missing or lost teeth because the remaining teeth can shift to fill in gaps between teeth. This can result in overcrowding, which increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are a dental restoration that can be either fixed or removable and supported by natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of the two. They consist of a false tooth or pontic that adjacent teeth or implants hold in place. Dr. Nechama Brand and Dr. Abraham Stein will recommend a fixed bridge for a more secure and longer-lasting solution. It can be part of treatment for partially edentulous patients or patients who have some tooth loss.
The Dental Bridge Process in Chicago, IL
Dental bridge treatment takes two or three appointments in our Chicago, IL, dental office. Fixed dental bridges attach to natural teeth, while an implant replaces the lost tooth. If more teeth are missing, dental implants can also secure the bridge.
To begin treatment, Dr. Stein or Dr. Brand will prepare the teeth outside of the missing tooth’s gap by removing a portion of the enamel. This step ensures that the dental crowns adhere to the teeth precisely. Then, Dr. Stein or Dr. Brand will take dental impressions for fabrication in a dental lab.
When we receive the new crown, we will call you back into our office. Then, we will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic so that you feel no pain. Until the numbness has completely worn off, refrain from eating and drinking hot foods and beverages. We will make post-treatment and post-placement recommendations for a quick and comfortable recovery.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Can I get a dental bridge on my front teeth?
Yes, we often treat missing front teeth with a dental bridge. Missing front teeth can have a huge impact on a person’s life. Furthermore, they can limit a person’s ability to speak or smile with confidence. A tooth bridge is an incredible dental tool we use to replace teeth and restore the smile.
How many teeth can a dental bridge replace?
A dental bridge can replace up to about four teeth. However, it is important to note that the more teeth a bridge replaces, the longer it will need to be. Consequently, the bridge will become less stable. In order to replace many teeth, the abutment teeth must be in very good shape. Additionally, the patient must commit to taking care of their oral health. A bridge is more common for replacing one or two teeth.
Is it painful to get a dental bridge?
The dental bridge procedure is fairly simple and painless. We will need to file down the abutment teeth to create room for the crown portion of the bridge. However, we use a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort while we do this. You will hear the drill and feel some pressure, but you should not experience pain. Once the anesthetic has worn off, it is normal for the teeth to feel sensitive, but this will subside in a few weeks.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Are you missing multiple teeth? Do you want a permanent dental restoration? If you have multiple missing teeth and need a restoration, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists to explore your personal treatment options. Call Premier Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois, for comfortable dental care today at 312-586-8596.