Dental Bridges in Chicago’s Lakeview & South Loop
A bridge is a tooth replacement alternative to implants. To place, a bridge, the teeth located on either side of the empty space are crowned, and the false tooth is connected to them and placed into the space. The only downside to a bridge is it requires more home maintenance and for some, can be more difficult to keep clean.
Instead of placing a bridge made of porcelain with a metal base, which, years later, can often result in unsightly dark lines at the gum line, Art of Modern Dentistry can now restore your smile with an all-porcelain bridge.
An all-porcelain bridge still uses adjacent teeth for support, but will not show a dark line where the bridge meets the gums. Many all-porcelain bridges can be bonded in place, which gives a tighter seal and more accurate fit.
In the past, bridges that matched the teeth were made from metal and porcelain. However, technology has improved, allowing these bridges to be made solely of porcelain.
In order to ensure enough strength to handle biting forces, metal was used as a support structure. This created a dark line along the edge, which resulted in a look many people didn’t like.
With breakthroughs in stronger porcelain materials and adhesives, it is not possible to use only porcelain in the construction. This allows for better translucency, which can help them match the patient’s natural teeth.
No metal means the dark line is eliminated entirely. The edge of the bridge itself will be positioned along the gum line, which is much healthier overall. This makes all-porcelain bridges the ideal choice for many patients.
Alternatives to Bridges
If you are missing teeth, there are several alternatives you can consider:
Implants are often a preferred choice. While treatment can take longer, this option won’t negatively affect the surrounding teeth.
Space maintainers are a temporary alternative that is often used for children who have lost a tooth prematurely. It helps prevent shifting, so permanent teeth have a space when they grow in.
Partial dentures are often used when multiple teeth are missing in various areas. These dentures fill in the spaces to help restore a more natural bite.
Delayed treatment isn’t recommended because it can cause the issue to get worse.
Call us today and we can give you a free consultation , so you have your best options in front of you.
- Lakeview Office: 773.904.0644
- South Loop Office: 312.260.5042