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Dental Bridges Fox Lake, IL

Dental Bridges An Overview

dental bridge for missing teeth in fox lake IllinoisReplacing missing teeth is extremely important. Gaps between teeth can leave the gums open to infection and bacteria and over time the bone can deteriorate and affect neighboring teeth. Dental bridges are used to literally “bridge the gap” between teeth in order to fill in the gaps created by missing teeth.

Fox Lake dentist Dr. Thomas Prendergast offers several treatment options for missing teeth including dental bridges. An experienced restorative dentist, he can evaluate your teeth and gums to determine if a dental bridge is right for you. Dental bridges can be placed using your natural teeth as anchors or dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Bridges:

  • Restore your smile by closing gaps that lost teeth leave behind. Dental bridges are an economical way to fill in the gaps of your smile.
  • Properly chew and speak without having to consciously think about it. It can be frustrating and distracting when you have to think about what foods you can and can’t eat because of missing teeth.
  • Maintain the shape of your face. Missing teeth left unaddressed can contribute to premature facial sagging.
  • Bite properly by distributing forces evenly with a dental bridge in place.
  • Dental Bridges will prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position. They can also help deter gum disease, and cavities.

Dental Implant: An Alternative to A Dental Bridge

Old dental bridges can place stress on your natural, surrounding teeth. If your surrounding teeth are healthy, a better option to replace missing teeth for you might be dental implants. If one tooth is missing, an implant can be placed to restore natural structure and function to your bite without having to impact healthy neighboring teeth. When several consecutive teeth need to be replaced, dental implants can secure a dental bridge for a more stable long term result. This type of restoration is permanent as well. They do not require special care, and there is no need to remove implants every day before bed.

Dental Bridges What to Expect

The replacement of missing teeth with a dental bridge or implant-supported bridge begins with a thorough exam and consultation with Dr. Prendergast. The best possible result relies on careful treatment planning and a well-informed patient. We will put together a treatment plan that closely aligns with your unique needs, budget, and cosmetic goals.

If dental implants are to be placed, we will schedule the surgical part of the process and allow several months of healing time before the final restoration is secured. A temporary bridge is often placed to give you back a functional smile.

Once the gums have healed or to begin the process of placing a traditional bridge, dental impressions will be taken and your restoration will be designed to complement your appearance. Your final bridge will be fabricated in a dental lab and permanently secured by Dr. Prendergast in our office.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have missing teeth, call Infinity Dental of Fox Lake for an appointment with one of our dentists to discuss your options. Dental bridges, implants, and may other procedures can restore your smile and keep your teeth healthy.