Missing teeth can do a lot to destroy the image of a smile. Thankfully restorative dentistry exists to replace missing teeth and rejuvenate smiles. To accomplish this goal, restorative dentists can use dental bridges, partial dentures, and even full dentures. You may have heard of partial and full dentures, but are you familiar with the function of a dental bridge? If you are not, read below as your Park Ridge IL dentists, Dr. Maria Loukas and Dr. Thanasi Loukas, respond to several frequently asked questions about dental bridges.
What is the purpose of wearing a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is worn to fill in the gap in a smile that has been affected by tooth loss. When tooth loss leaves a gap between teeth, the teeth on either edge of the gap are more vulnerable to attack from bacteria. Thus, the bridge helps to protect these teeth while also working to improve the appearance of the smile. In addition, by replacing the missing teeth, food can be broken down more easily allowing for more effective digestion, which means better nutrient extraction.
What is the difference between a dental bridge and a partial denture?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that fills in a single gap in a smile. This gap may be made by several missing teeth, but it is one gap only. Partial dentures, on the other hand, can fill in several gaps at once. They are, therefore, very important when you consider the fact that tooth loss is not limited by any type of pattern.
Do dental bridges work with dental implants?
They do. Several dental implants can be used to support a dental bridge. The dental implants will anchor the bridge into the jaw, allowing for a more natural feel and increased stability. The results are improved patient comfort and better performance.
Schedule a Visit with Your Park Ridge IL Dentists
Would you like to learn more about dental bridges? Do you have missing teeth that need to be replaced? If so, contact your Park Ridge IL dentists, Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 60068 dental office at (847) 696-1919. We proudly serve patients from Park Ridge and the surrounding Chicago communities.