Missing teeth have a negative effect on the smile. They can affect one’s ability to eat and speak, and they have an aesthetic concern. Additionally, the loss of natural teeth can cause the existing teeth to drift out of place, resulting in gaps in the dental arch that can only be fixed with orthodontic work.

Patients who have lost one or more teeth in a row may consider the advantages of dental bridges. However, many patients believe that they need teeth on each side in order to support this restoration. Thanks to continued dental advances, patients can now use dental implants to hold a bridge in place if necessary. Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed in the smile during oral surgery and they can hold a crown, bridge, or denture.

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Dental implants are commonly used for patients in the Chicago area who are interested in replacing a single tooth, but these versatile restorations can also be used to support a dental bridge or to hold full dentures in place. Implants are used to replace missing teeth acting as “root” of a tooth. Once placed they can be restored in the method most appropriate for you. For some, they can be used to hold dental bridges. Dental implants require minimal care and attention, and therefore, are a highly desirable option for patients who want a no fuss way of addressing missing teeth in a permanent manner.

Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® assists Chicago area patients with the care and attention of replacing missing teeth, as well as offering general and cosmetic dentistry services for new and existing patients. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and their use, we encourage you to schedule a consultation appointment and examination with our team. We can help you decide if implants for bridges are affordable for you by working with your dental insurance company to see if reimbursement or reduction of out-of-pocket cost is available.

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