It is important to replace missing teeth quickly to avoid further problems. Once a tooth is lost, the bone that once supported your tooth can deterioriate, causing neighboring teeth to shift and move. In addition, exposed gums and teeth are more susceptible to plaque, increasing the risk of gum disease and/or tooth decay. Skokie dentist Dr. Jessie Kunnel can help you avoid these problems by replacing missing teeth with options like a dental bridge.
About Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a series of artificial teeth. The bridgework is supported by an anchor on either side of the gap to hold the false tooth in place.
A bridge can be supported in three ways: by natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of the two. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide additional support and stability.
A dental bridge is a viable treatment option for anyone with one or more missing teeth. They may be either fixed or removable and our dentist can help you choose which type is right for you.
About the Dental Bridge Procedure
We follow a simple process for treatment with dental bridges. This process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to examine the health of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. You may have an existing dental bridge or have teeth that need to be extracted. Regardless of your condition, the dentist will create a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs, goals and budget.
A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed. In most cases, Dr. Kunnel will support the choice for a fixed dental bridge as a long term solution for missing teeth. The dental bridge can either be supported by dental crowns and/or dental implants. The dentist will prepare any teeth as needed to ensure a solid foundation for the dental bridge.
The dental bridge will be fabricated in a dental laboratory. You may have a temporary bridge to wear in the intermediate time period. In approximately 2 to 3 weeks from your initial visit, you will return for the delivery of the final restoration.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How much does a dental bridge cost?
The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth as well as the type of bridge and materials chosen. Dr. Kunnel accepts nearly all Dental Insurance PPOs as well as First Common Wealth HMO. Additionally, we offer financing through CareCredit for patients who are concerned about cost.
Can you repair broken bridgework?
Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems still sometimes arise. Dr. Kunnel does offer dental bridge repair. If a bridge happens to chip, break, or come loose, you should contact our office right away. Depending on the extent of damage, we may be able to cement the bridge or replace it all together.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
A dental bridge should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. The dentist will show you a special technique to floss under and around the artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations.
Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants
If you have missing teeth, you are probably choosing between dental implants or a dental bridge. Dr. Kunnel offers both options for replacing missing teeth and can help you determine which is best for you.
While dental implants offer the most life-like replacement for missing teeth, they are not for everyone. Things that could disqualify you as a candidate for implants include bone health, age, and location of missing teeth.
Another major difference between implants and bridges is cost. In most cases, dental implants are more, however they are also less likely to need maintenance or repair and can be less expensive in the long term.