Chicago Family Dental Center
Gary Wegmann, DDS
Dentist located in The Loop, Chicago, IL
With a dental bridge, you can “bridge” gaps in your smile. These sets of prosthetic teeth look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Gary Wegmann, DDS, and the cosmetic dentists at Chicago Family Dental Center in The Loop of Chicago, Illinois, produce custom-made dental bridges that restore and enhance patient smiles. Whether it’s attached to an implant or bonded to neighboring teeth, a bridge may be right for you. Call or book online for a consultation at Chicago Family Dental Center today.
Dental Bridge Q & A
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are sets of prosthetic teeth that are used to fill gaps in your smile. With bridges, Dr. Wegmann and the team at Chicago Family Dental Center can restore and even enhance your smile. They’re extremely natural-looking and closely mirror the function of natural teeth, allowing you to continue eating your favorite foods and smile with confidence.
If you don’t have sufficient jawbone to support a dental implant, a bridge is an excellent alternative. Chicago Dental Family Center often recommends bridges in cases where implants aren’t a viable option.
How do dental bridges work?
At Chicago Family Dental Center, getting dental bridges made and placed takes at least two appointments. First, the team takes digital scans of your teeth that will be used to produce your bridge. These scans are sent off to a trusted outside dental lab that churns out excellent custom bridge work each and every time.
Your bridge will take about 10-14 days to make. Once it’s ready, you’ll return for a follow-up visit. This is when you’ll have your bridge placed. The team uses a special dental adhesive to bond your bridge to neighboring teeth that act as anchors.
After your bridge has been placed, Chicago Family Dental Center closely monitors your progress to make sure the bridge is working out. If you have any issues, let the staff know right away.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Besides restoring your smile and vastly improving your appearance, bridges offer a host of invaluable oral health benefits. When you’re missing teeth, the surrounding teeth tend to shift into the empty spaces, causing misalignment. This can make your crooked teeth harder to keep clean, increasing your risk of periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.
Since bridges fill the empty spaces, they prevent harmful tooth shifting. In the long run, they can save you time and money in the form of more invasive, costly dental work. Bridges also improve your speech, chewing, and digestion.
How long do dental bridges last?
With proper care and management, dental bridges can last you up to 15 years, if not more. The key to maintaining your bridge is excellent oral hygiene. Continue to brush, floss, and eat a healthy, balanced diet just like you would with natural teeth. Also, don’t forget to keep coming in for regular cleanings and checkups.
To set up a consultation for dental bridges at Chicago Family Dental Center, call the office or use the online booking tool today.