Dental Services / Dental Bridges

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Need a Dental Bridge in Rockland, IL

Overcome Damaged or Missing Teeth with Help from Dr. Tillis and His Team.

A bridge is typically used to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support. A bridge is both a functional and cosmetic solution to replacing a missing tooth. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

1. What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of artificial teeth (pontics) that are supported by dental crowns or implants on either side of the gap.

2. Why would I need a dental bridge?

You may need a dental bridge to:

  • Restore your smile and improve aesthetics
  • Regain the ability to chew and speak properly
  • Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position
  • Maintain facial structure and prevent sagging
  • Restore bite alignment and distribute forces evenly

3. How is a dental bridge placed?

The placement of a dental bridge generally involves the following steps:

  1. The abutment teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared by reshaping them to accommodate the dental crowns.
  2. Impressions of your teeth are taken to create a customized bridge in a dental laboratory.
  3. A temporary bridge is placed to protect the prepared teeth while the permanent bridge is being made.
  4. Once the permanent bridge is ready, it is carefully fitted and adjusted before being permanently cemented onto the abutment teeth.

4. How long do dental bridges last?

The lifespan of a dental bridge depends on various factors, such as oral hygiene, regular dental care, and the materials used. With proper care, dental bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or even longer.

5. How do I care for a dental bridge?

To maintain the longevity of your dental bridge, follow these care tips:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, including the bridge and surrounding teeth.
  • Floss daily using a floss threader or special bridge floss to clean underneath the bridge.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups, professional cleanings, and bridge examinations.
  • Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects that can damage the bridge.
  • Quit smoking, as it can stain the bridge and contribute to gum disease.

6. Can anyone get a dental bridge?

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for a dental bridge. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and determine if a bridge is the right solution for you. Generally, you need healthy abutment teeth and a strong jawbone to support the bridge.

7. Are dental bridges expensive?

The cost of dental bridges can vary depending on factors such as the number of missing teeth, the materials used, and your location. It's best to consult with your dentist to get an accurate estimate of the cost and discuss available payment options or dental insurance coverage.