Dentistry that does not last
The crowns and bridgework that had been completed only 5 years earlier was chipping, had gum recession, and had exposed metal margins. Frequently, dental implants are now used to replace missing teeth. When there is not enough room in the jaw to place an implant or the patient does not want to have an implant, fixed (non-removeable) bridgework can be used.
Bridgework as alternative to implants
Rather than having implants placed where she was missing front teeth, the patient elected to have a new porcelain on gold (PFM) bridge with PFM crowns placed on all of her other upper teeth. The patient brought in a picture of how she wanted her new upper teeth to be shaped.
About Dental Bridges
Dental bridgework can be a viable alternative to dental implants. At Lake Forest Dental Arts in Chicago, IL, Dr. James Fondriest provides comprehensive dental bridgework treatments in a welcoming dental setting. Not only is dental bridgework a common restorative procedure, but it also closes gaps in your smile and improves your overall oral health. Additional benefits include:
- Restoration of smiles and ability to effectively chew food
- Helps to maintain the shape of the face
- Prevents remaining teeth from moving or shifting out of place
- Helps to readjust the jaw
- Restoration of pronunciation and speech
Types of Dental Bridgework
While dental bridgework varies, all types provide durability and functionality. The various kinds of dental bridgework include:
- Traditional bridges: As the most popular kind of bridge, traditional bridges can contain up to two pontics (or artificial teeth), which are held in place by crowns.
- Maryland bridges: A Maryland bridge is connected to the backs of the adjacent teeth with resin wings. As a result, natural tooth structure is not altered.
- Cantilever bridges: Similar to conventional bridges, cantilever bridges are supported by only one adjacent tooth.
- Implanted-Supported bridges: Implanted-supported bridges are used when the patient has more than one missing tooth.
Cost of Dental Bridgework
The cost of dental bridgework can vary but some factors that affect pricing include:
- Number of teeth need to fill the gap(s)
- The types of materials used
- Intricacies of the procedure
- Additional treatments needed, if applicable
Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts
If you are contemplating bridgework as an alternative to dental implants, contact our Chicago, IL practice, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest, by calling 847-234-0517. Dr. Fondriest and his staff look forward to providing you with quality service.