Patients in Dolton, IL talk about the wonderful cost-effective benefits offered by dental bridges

Dental Bridges Procedure at Pleasant Dental<sup>®</sup> in Dolton, IL Area

Dr. Dean Dietrich and his team at Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, IL understand the desire for a beautiful smile. When teeth are lost, for whatever reasons, which lead to unsightly gaps in the smile, this not only causes unattractive aesthetic issues, but could also lead to more serious dental health issues in the long run. Dental bridges are designed to fill the gaps caused by missing teeth so that you are showing off a beautiful and healthy smile again. Patients in the Dolton, IL area have been reaping the awesome benefits provided by this treatment performed by Dr. Dietrich and … Continue reading

What should Riverdale, IL residents expect during the dental bridge procedure?

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A dental bridge, sometimes called a fixed partial denture, is a popular solution for missing teeth. A bridge has a lower upfront cost than implants, yet provides greater stability than a removable partial denture, making this a popular option. Many patients in Dolton, Riverdale, and other area communities ask what the procedure involves. The entire process of creating and placing a bridge can usually be accomplished in just two or three appointments, taking about three weeks or less. The steps involved include: First and foremost is a comprehensive examination to ensure that you are a good candidate for a dental … Continue reading

Saving South Holland smiles: What to expect from the dental bridge procedure

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A dental bridge is a non-removable (fixed) appliance used to replace one or more teeth. It usually includes two dental crowns with a false tooth (pontic) between them. Depending on the situation, there may be more than one pontic, or even three crowns. However, the principle is the same. Crowns placed on natural teeth are used to stabilize replacement teeth, literally bridging the gap. The benefits of dental bridges include: Dr. Dietrich can restore the appearance of your smile with a carefully designed bridge, made of beautiful materials. Your chewing functionality will be restored. Biting forces will be distributed more … Continue reading

Solutions for missing teeth in Dolton: Bridge, denture, or implant?

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No one wants to lose a tooth, but unfortunately, it happens. Gum disease is the number one culprit. Other common reasons include severe cavities, trauma, and fractures. In any case, if you have a gap in your smile, you probably want to fill it. The three common ways of replacing missing teeth are implants, bridges, and dentures. At Pleasant Dental®, we offer all three options, because everyone has different preferences and priorities. The most significant differences are: Implants (topped with restorations) can replace one, several, or all teeth. They take the longest, and have the highest upfront cost. However, they … Continue reading

Dolton dental questions: What is the best way to care for a bridge?

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Losing a tooth can be traumatic physically and emotionally. Just one gap can interfere with eating, speaking, and smiling confidently. Fixed bridges are among the most popular options for replacing missing teeth, as they are more stable than partial dentures with a lower upfront cost than implants. However, without proper care your bridgework, and the teeth supporting it, can be very short-lived. Typically, bridges are said to last between five and seven years, but that depends largely on the skill of your dentist and your own oral hygiene. Dr. Dean Dietrich wants you to love your smile for many years … Continue reading

What is a Dental Bridge, and when is it needed?

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For patients who are missing a tooth or several teeth due to age, disease, or trauma, smiling may be the last thing on their mind. Gaps from missing teeth are not only unattractive, but they can also cause bone loss and encourage an individual’s other teeth to shift out of place. This can create a problem for the patient’s entire mouth, as well as his or her self-esteem. Addressing missing teeth can be as easy as having a dental bridge placed. Dental bridges are used to replace missing natural teeth. A Dental bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth … Continue reading

What are the alternatives to dental bridges?

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Dental bridges are often considered for dental patients who have lost one or more teeth due to trauma, extraction, or disease. Dental bridges are restorations that are created to fill the gap between teeth, and utilizes the surrounding teeth in order to crown and support the bridge. When done right, bridges can help keep teeth from shifting and can help an incomplete smile look complete. However, bridges are not the only option when it comes to addressing missing teeth. Two other alternatives are available: Partial Denture A partial denture is created much like a retainer, in which it will clip … Continue reading

How is a bridge different than a crown?

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Crowns, bridges; it’s all the same and they’re all Greek to me. Since these two dental treatments fall into the same general category, they often end up confused in patient’s minds. While the process of placing them and making them is similar the reasons for doing them are very different. The basic difference between a crown and a bridge is that a crown’s purpose is to restore and protect a badly damaged tooth. A bridge, on the other hand, is designed to replace missing teeth. Bridges rely on crowns as part of their structure which is one of the reasons … Continue reading

Comparing the benefits of dental bridges or implants in Dolton, IL

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If you know what a traditional dental bridge is, then you know the greatest benefit is filling a gap in your smile. Bridges have been used for this purpose since the early days of dentistry, and they are better than ever today. There are also other options available, and implant supported restorations are highly recommended. Yet, traditional bridges, also called crown-and-bridge units, remain extremely popular. Why? The three most common reasons that patients cite for choosing traditional bridges include: Cost – This is the big one. You may have read that implants are more cost effective in the long-term, because … Continue reading

Riverdale, IL residents’ guide to the types of dental bridges

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We all hope to keep our natural teeth for life, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Attractive, seemingly healthy teeth can be easy to take for granted. Maybe you didn’t think you needed a dentist, and you could afford to skip brushing once in a while… Unfortunately, many people don’t take their dental problems seriously until pain or cosmetic concerns drive them to the dentist’s chair. When you see Dr. Dietrich, you won’t be confronted with lectures, judgment, or criticism. He is here to help, with several excellent solutions to offer. One of the most common tooth replacement … Continue reading

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