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Office Hours

Monday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Wednesday 3:00 PM8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Friday Closed Except Emergencies
Saturday 8:00 AM1:00 PM
Sunday Closed Except Emergencies

At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs® to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs® is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost effective clinical tests that guide oral health professionals in detecting and prognosing disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.

Dental Bridges Mchenry, Crystal Lake

Tooth loss can gradually deteriorate your oral health. A person who has many teeth missing may lose the confidence to take part in social events. This may partly be because of the poor esthetics of the smile. Teeth restorations can help regain the lost confidence by supporting the functionality of biting and chewing and improving the appearance of the smile. Dental bridges are one of the tooth restorations that have helped patients overcome the problems faced by tooth loss. The bridges can be used to restore one or more missing teeth in a row. They require one or two healthy natural teeth or dental implants for support. Since natural teeth or implants support the dental bridges, they are very stable and can last for about 10-15 years. We have restored lost teeth in many of our patients at our McHenry, IL dental office. Our dental bridges have helped our patients from McHenry, Crystal Lake and other nearby localities regain a healthy and attractive smile. Do you have a lost tooth? Make an appointment and visit our dentist.

How can tooth loss affect oral health?

A person may lose teeth because of decay, periodontal disease, aging or from accidental injury. The loss of valuable natural teeth directly influences the patient’s ability to bite and chew food. Teeth loss may also affect speech. While these problems are quite evident to patients, there are other issues that can be found only by dental professionals. Patients should be aware of the fact that teeth loss can lead to increased food lodgment in the gaps and also cause the teeth nearby to move towards the gap. While the former can lead to gum infection, the later results in orthodontic problems. When many teeth are missing, the jawbone looses support and starts to shrink. The facial muscles tend to lose support which causes the skin to sag.

Dental bridges – Treatment

There are a number of types of dental bridges based on the needs of the patient. The bridges vary in design and sometimes the type of material used. The restoration process starts with thorough oral check up. The dentist sets a treatment plan based on the health of the natural teeth nearby to the gap. The placement of dental bridge requires preparation of natural teeth. This is done in order to make space for placement of the anchoring crowns of dental bridge. Teeth preparation is done after the area is numbed using local anesthesia. The natural teeth are reduced in size. The dentist takes impressions of prepared teeth to create temporaries in the dental office. These temporaries are made of acrylic. They are used to cover the prepared natural teeth until the final bridge gets fabricated in the lab. During the next dental visit, the temporaries are removed and the teeth are cleaned. The dentist checks the fit and finish of permanent bridge before cementing it over the natural teeth permanently. Patients should take care to clean the area below the bridge thoroughly to ensure longer life of restoration.

Dental Bridges