What Do You Know About Dental Bridges in Chicago, IL?

Dental Bridges in Chicago IL replace one or more missing teeth using the neighboring teeth for support. Some crowns, called pillars, support the missing parts that are virtually on the gum pretending to be natural teeth, thus achieving a high aesthetic look. Unlike removable dentures, bridges are cemented and cannot be removed from the patient’s mouth. Bridges can be manufactured with a metal structure that gives resistance on the porcelain material that is generally applied. In cases of bridges replacing only one or two teeth, they can also be manufactured in pure porcelain obtaining excellent aesthetics.

The gaps left by missing teeth can eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into an space, resulting in a severe bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to periodontal problems like gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues.

Process for the preparation of a bridge

The first step is to prepare the teeth that serve as support for the bridge by taking an impression (mold) of the bite. This is taken along with a reproduction of the occlusion (bite) and a color registration of your natural teeth which will guide the preparation of the bridge. A temporary acrylic bridge will allow you to smile and chew smoothly. Everything is then sent, with the dentist’s instructions, to the dental laboratory to develop its dental bridges service in Chicago. From this, a model is developed. The metal portion of the bridge is prepared and then applied to the porcelain. These steps may require testing in order to make suitable adjustments. Once everything is in order, the dentist will proceed to cement the bridge on the pillars.

Why should patients replace a lost tooth?

Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the space left by the missing teeth may mean more pressure is put on the other teeth. In addition, occlusion (bite) is also affected because the adjacent teeth can be tilted or migrate toward the missing space, altering the way the upper and lower teeth occlude (bite). This can also lead to food packing in the empty spaces, which in turn can cause cavities and gum disease. For more details, contact Dr. Legator Saul Legator DDS today.