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 evenly, because you won’t have to avoid chewing on one side.
  • Your remaining teeth will be stabilized, preventing them from shifting toward the gap.

The procedure begins with a consultation. Dr. Dietrich will examine your teeth and discuss your options. An implant supported crown or bridge may be suggested as an alternative. If several teeth in a row are missing, implants or a removable denture may be a better choice. However, for most patients, a traditional dental bridge is a viable option.

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If you and Dr. Dietrich decide that a bridge is right for you, the first step is preparing the abutment teeth for crowning. They need to be shaped to allow for optimal retention of the restoration. Once your teeth are prepared, an impression is taken and sent to a laboratory. It takes a couple of weeks for your new custom bridge to be fabricated. You will be provided with a temporary to wear in the meantime.

When the lab completes your bridge and sends it to our office, we will arrange your next appointment. Dr. Dietrich will check the fit and appearance, and changes will be made if needed. When the bridge is just right, it will be bonded in place. With regular visits to our office, and excellent oral hygiene, your restored smile should last for many years.

If you have a gap in your smile, call Pleasant Dental® at (708) 576-1900 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dietrich to learn more about your options. Our office is conveniently located in Dolton, just minutes from South Holland.

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