Bridges – South Shore, IL

Bridges are custom oral appliances created by your dentist to replace missing teeth & restore your smile. Bridges are usually made to resemble your natural teeth, but can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, alloys or gold. There are several types of bridges that vary in stability, application & cost. Removable bridges can be removed for cleaning but are not as stable, fixed bridges are cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap, & implant-supported bridges use an artificial metal tooth root to attach the bridge to the bone of your jaw. Your dentist can recommend which type of bridge is best for you.

Implant-Supported Bridges

For patients who have lost more than one tooth, an implant-supported bridge offers a secure & permanent solution. An implant-supported bridge is a replacement for several teeth that is secured permanently to dental implants. The number of implants used to secure the bridge varies depending on the patient’s situation, but a common configuration is two implants supporting three teeth: two “cap” teeth on either end bridged by another tooth in the middle.

Getting an implant-supported bridge takes several appointments. The first step is the placement of dental implants. After initial placement, it usually takes several months for the bone & gums around the implants to heal. Once implant sites are healed, the dentist will take impressions of your mouth in order to make a mold. Using the resulting model of your teeth, the lab technician will create your custom crown, color matched to your existing teeth. While the lab technician works on the final bridge, you may be fitted with a temporary bridge. Once the final bridge arrives the dentist will either screw or cement it in place on the implants.