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Dental Bridges in St. Charles, IL

A dental bridge is a restorative treatment for missing teeth. The procedure involves creating a dental prosthesis made of one or two dental crowns and one or more pontic teeth. The false tooth is known as a pontic. The teeth neighboring the gap are called abutment teeth and they are used as support for the bridge. In-between the abutment teeth one or more false teeth (pontic) is inserted to cover the space occupied by the missing tooth. The false tooth/teeth is known as a pontic.

Dental Bridge Benefits

Known as the fastest, cheapest and most effective way to treat a dental gap, a dental bridge is popular all over the world. The reasons for which people turn to dental bridges for replacing missing teeth include:

  • The bridge treatment is open for people of all ages, provided that the neighboring teeth are in good condition.
  • Natural appearance
  • Smile restoration and maintains the shape of your face
  • Distributes the bite force equally
  • Prevent the teeth from drifting from its original position
  • Less invasive than the dental implants
  • As dental bridges are fixed, you need not worry about taking it out to clean
  • Cost effective and less expensive in comparison to dental implants
  • Addresses speech problems

Materials Used for Dental Bridges

There are three types of materials used for dental bridges:

  • All-porcelain bridges
  • Porcelain fused to metal (gold dental bridges)
  • All metal bridges

The porcelain and porcelain fused with metal dental bridges are tooth colored bridges used to restore teeth. Porcelain dental bridges are preferred because of their aesthetic value. They look quite real and are excellent for the restoration of back and front teeth. Gold dental bridges are highly durable and assure the best fit.

As the cost and properties of these materials differ, it is important to discuss with the dentist the ideal material keeping your dental health and bridge position in mind.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are three types of dental bridges options:

  1. Traditional fixed bridge: It is the most common dental bridge type and is made of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. This method is used where there are natural teeth on each side of the gaps.
  2. Cantilever bridge: It is used when there are healthy teeth only on the one side of the missing teeth. This dental bridge procedure involves anchoring the artificial tooth over one or more of the natural adjacent teeth.
  3. Maryland bridge: It is made of porcelain fused to metal and it is used to cover front gaps. This bridge involves the artificial teeth that are fused together to the metal and is cemented to the back of the natural teeth.

Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Bryan Cichon to see if a dental bridge is the right option for you!

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