Robert W. Hessberger, DDS

A Matter of Choice: The Dental Bridge Procedure

By Robert W. Hessberger, DDS on April 24, 2017

Illustration of a fixed dental bridgeAt the practice of Robert W. Hessberger, D.D.S., we are pleased to offer comprehensive dental care to our valued patients. Among the most versatile and transformative of the restorative dentistry treatments we offer, dental bridges have the power to return form, function, and health to the mouths of patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth. Dr. Hessberger crafts dental bridges from materials of the most surpassing quality with the highest attention to detail to ensure that they are strong, durable, and virtually indistinguishable from a patient’s surrounding teeth.

In performing the dental bridge procedure at his Chicago, IL practice, Dr. Hessberger can use one of two possible techniques. He can use a traditional approach, fixing the dental bridge to the healthy, intact teeth adjacent to a gap via dental crowns. Conversely, he can attach the bridge to dental implants, fully restoring a patient’s oral health.

Both techniques are perfectly valid and will make the patient’s smile whole once more. Patients emerge from either treatment with a renewed ability to bite, chew, speak, and smile with confidence. The technique that is best suited to your particular case will depend on several factors, including your personal goals and your budget.

The most important thing is that, if you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, you take action to replace them. To find out whether a fixed dental bridge or an implant-supported bridge would be better suited to you, schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Hessberger today.

The Fixed Dental Bridge Procedure

A fixed dental bridge is made up of one to three artificial teeth called pontics that are used to fill the gap once occupied by natural teeth. These pontics are held in place by dental crowns attached to the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap. To be a suitable candidate for a fixed dental bridge, a patient must have healthy, structurally sound teeth on either side of a gap; these teeth will need to be filed down in order to accommodate the dental crowns.

The Implant-supported Bridge Procedure

Dental implants are tiny posts made of titanium that, once surgically embedded in the jaw, act as artificial tooth roots onto which dental restorations can be attached. Because the human body does not recognize titanium as a foreign substance, dental implants fuse with the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. As a result, dental implants provide the strongest, most secure support for dental bridges possible.

Ultimately, implant-supported dental bridges are superior to fixed dental bridges, largely because they do not rely on natural teeth for support, nor do they require any alteration of the natural teeth. They also halt the degradation of the periodontal and jaw bone tissues that begins when a tooth is lost, as the body cannot distinguish between the implant and a natural tooth root. While implant-supported bridges are more expensive than their fixed counterparts, the implants can last for decades, which often makes them the more cost-effective option over a lifetime.

Learn More about the Dental Bridge Procedure

To learn more about the dental bridge procedure, please contact the office of Robert W. Hessberger, D.D.S. today.

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