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The American Dental Association reports that the average American between the ages of 20 and 64 actually are missing three teeth. Whether it is from decay, other health related issues or an accident; non the less they are missing.

If you have either a single tooth missing or several teeth missing you need to consider filling that gap in a reasonable amount of time. The natural teeth on each side of that gap will shift into that space over time creating issues with your bite pattern, possibly your chewing tendencies and it might affect your speech as well. A dental bridge is a common recommendation to address this problem.

The first step is to call Dr. Dolgov at 815-939-2520. He and his staff at Bourbonnias Family Dental will evaluate your personal situation and discuss which dental bridge will work for you.

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The Different Varieties of Dental Bridges

There are four different types of dental bridges used today:

  • Traditional Dental Bridges The most common type of dental bridge. This is the bridge used when you have a natural tooth available on each side of the gap to serve as anchors to support the artificial tooth, called the pontic. Crowns are placed over the natural teeth to adhere the pontic to.
  • Cantilever Bridges Like the traditional bridge except that only one natural tooth is available to accept a crown to anchor the pontic.
  • Maryland Bridges Like a traditional bridge except rather than placing crowns over the natural anchor teeth a metal wire framework is bonded to the back of the anchoring teeth to support the artificial tooth.
  • Implant Supported Bridges If you have a gap that involves more than one missing tooth an implant may be introduced to add stability and strength to cover the larger gap.

The Procedure for the Dental Bridges

Once you and Dr. Dolgov have agreed on the type of bridge that will be in your best interests the first step is to prepare the abutment teeth. Some of the enamel will need to be removed if you are having crowns placed on these abutment teeth. Then an impression must be made and sent to a dental lab who will both fabricate your crowns as well as the artificial tooth. The material used will be either ceramic or porcelain. A temporary bridge and temporary crowns on the abutment teeth will be placed while this is being completed. Once delivered the temporaries are removed and the final bridge is cemented or bonded into place. It might be suggested that you consider a follow up visit to confirm the fit, the positioning and the bite pattern. An implant supported bridge will take more time as you wait for the surgically placed titanium post to fuse to the jaw bone. We will work through the delay but creating a temporary bridge for this situation as well.

Maximizing the Life Expectancy of Your Dental Bridge with Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Initially following the final placement of your dental bridge, we will have a lengthy discussion about your at-home oral hygiene. There will be a different approach to your type of bridge, possibly requiring a special tool to clean around it. We may suggest a dental pick, a water flosser or threaded floss.

Once specific care of the bridge is thoroughly addressed, we will go into the balance of your natural teeth. We will share with you that the dental industry strongly suggests that we all brush our teeth twice a day, for two minutes at each time. Then flossing at least once a day is the basis for a good oral hygiene practice at home. This will remove the bacteria carrying plaque daily not allowing it to form on the teeth. We will also encourage you to establish appointments every six months for evaluations, x-rays and professional teeth cleaning. Prevention is the ticket in the dental business. We like to see patients with healthy teeth and gums. We are also advocates of helping you keep your natural teeth for your lifetime. By working together, we can extend the life of your dental bridge and keep it looking natural for years. Remember, your smile is priceless. If you follow these guidelines and continue with good habits not only will your natural teeth look and last longer, but your dental bridge will as well. You can extend their life expectancy if you take proper care of them.

The Costs Involved with Your Dental Bridge and the Insurance Coverage Available

The costs that will be associated with your dental bridge will be discussed at the time of your evaluation and consultation. There are a few factors, such as the type of bridge, that make the pricing more complex. The number of visits for completion and the dental lab will play a role. The administrative staff at Bourbonnias Family Dental will inquire with your dental insurance carrier to determine the amount of coverage for the procedure. If there will be a balance due a payment plan can and will be discussed if that is your wish. We also accept all major credit cards. We may also revisit our options if the budget is a driving factor in carrying out our plan for the correct dental bridge.

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Scheduling an Evaluation today

Making that phone call today to schedule your evaluation and consultation is the next step. If you are unhappy with your smile lets address the dental bridge plan together to get your old smile back and your quality of life that comes with it. We can restore functionality, improve the aesthetics of your smile and return some of the natural feeling of biting and chewing. Call 815-939-2520 now or visit our office at 498 Brown Blvd., Bourbonnias, IL 60914.

The staff at Bourbonnias Family Dental all are terrific listeners and love to please our patients. You’ll be comfortable in our engaging environment. We are all dedicated to ensuring that you totally understand our plan that we have formulated together and that you will be confident that you will be receiving the highest quality specialized cosmetic dental care to meet your expectations and your specific needs.

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