A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth to restore form and function to a smile compromised by tooth loss. A bridge can be supported by surrounding teeth or by dental implants, depending on your needs and candidacy. At his dental practice in Chicago, IL, Dr. Robert W. Hessberger offers both traditional and implant-supported bridges to fit a variety of needs. If you select an implant-supported bridge, we can place your implants in our office. As our patient, you can expect comfortable and courteous care at every stage of treatment.
Assessing Your Candidacy
If you are missing one to three consecutive teeth, you are likely a candidate for a dental bridge. These restorations can bridge the gap between missing teeth to improve dental function when eating and speaking. The best way to determine the appropriate type of bridge for your needs is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hessberger. During the appointment, he can take scans and x-rays to examine the health of your jaw and remaining teeth. He can also perform a comprehensive examination of your oral health. This information can help determine your candidacy for dental implants and diagnose any underlying issues that may affect the stability of your restoration.
Some patients may have lost too many teeth for a bridge to be the ideal solution. Our team also offers both traditional and implant-supported dentures for those who need to replace more teeth. Additionally, patients who have lost only one tooth can often achieve superior results with a single implant-supported crown rather than a traditional bridge.
Experience the Benefits
Dental bridges offer a variety of benefits for your smile and oral health, such as:
- Restored ability to chew and speak properly
- Support for the shape and fullness of your features
- Evenly distributed bite force
- Prevention of dental misalignment
- A complete and natural-looking smile
A traditional bridge is supported by dental crowns on either side. In order to place the crowns, the supporting teeth must be reduced to allow enough room for the restoration. If you elect to go forward with a traditional bridge after your consultation, Dr. Hessberger will prepare your neighboring teeth by removing small amounts of enamel. Then we will take a series of impressions that will be used to create your bridge. He will place a temporary restoration to protect your teeth while you wait for your permanent bridge. It typically takes one to two weeks for the lab to fabricate a restoration.
For qualifying patients, we also offer custom bridges supported by dental implants. This type of restoration offers a unique set of advantages over the traditional solution. Since implant-supported restorations replace the entire structure of the tooth, they are the next best thing to having a full set of healthy teeth. The implant acts as an artificial tooth root, preventing jawbone degeneration caused by tooth loss and maintaining the long-term health of your jaw. Implant-supported restorations also avoid the need to alter healthy teeth.
Since implant-supported restorations replace the entire structure of the tooth, they are the next best thing to having a full set of healthy teeth.
To receive an implant-supported bridge, you must first undergo an outpatient procedure in which one or more implants are placed in the jawbone. Once you have fully healed from surgery, we can attach your permanent restoration to your implant posts. Not every patient is eligible for dental implants. Dr. Hessberger will assess your candidacy before recommending this solution.
Restore Your Smile
If you are suffering from a compromised smile, our team can help you restore both aesthetics and function. Dr. Hessberger provides a variety of restorative dentistry procedures, from replacing one or more teeth with a bridge to designing a personalized full mouth restoration plan. Contact our office online or call us at (773) 792-5562 to schedule a consultation.