A dental implant is the gold standard for missing teeth, however, not all patients will be candidates for implants. In those cases, Dr. Theodore may recommend a dental bridge to restore missing teeth. Health existing teeth are used to support the false tooth. The natural and prosthetic teeth are linked together for a stable, permanent restoration. Chicago Dentist Dr. Theodore Uses Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth

Dental Bridge Procedure

The first step is a comprehensive examination with Dr. Theodore. She will assess the health of your teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. You may have an existing dental bridge or have teeth that need to be extracted. Regardless of your condition, Dr. Theodore will create a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs, goals and budget. The dental bridge will be fabricated in a dental laboratory. You may have a temporary, tooth colored intermediate bridge to wear between appointments. During the delivery appointment, you will have the opportunity to evaluate the shade and fit of your final dental crown. Once both you and Dr. Theodore are happy, the bridge will be permanently cemented into place.

Dental Bridge FAQs

How much does a dental bridge cost? The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth as well as the type of bridge and materials chosen. Dr. Theodore accepts nearly all dental insurance and will handle all necessary billing and paperwork. How do I care for my dental bridge? A dental bridge should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. Dr. Theodore will teach you a special technique to floss under and around the artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations. Can you repair broken bridgework? Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems still sometimes arise. Dr. Theodore does offer dental bridge repair. If a bridge happens to chip, break, or come loose, you should contact our Chicago dental office right away. Depending on the extent of damage, we may be able to cement the bridge or replace it all together.