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At our office, we empower our patients to take charge of their own dental care and treat them as a valued member of their dental team. Effective education and understanding of the dental procedures and treatments we recommend is a part of that.
We encourage and welcome questions. Take a look at this selection of questions our patients ask often. If your question is not answered here, please give us a call or contact us online, and we will be happy to help you.
Crowns and Bridges
Permanent Dental Restoration
Once fixed in place, dental bridges are a permanent dental restoration that fills in the gaps left by missing teeth. A bridge may be held in place by crowns on the abutting teeth or by dental implants. Dental bridges do not require any special care other than the brushing and flossing routine recommended by Dr. Vishal Advani. For this reason, many people prefer bridges to partials or dentures.
Dental bridges have been used for decades to complete the smiles of those who have lost a tooth. Dr. Advani and the team at our Elk Grove Village, IL dental office have helped many of our patients enjoy a full smile by using dental bridges.
Replace Missing Teeth for a Beautiful Smile
Nothing can mar a beautiful smile more than a missing tooth. The loss of a tooth is a serious dental issue that can lead to serious oral health problems, but that's not the worst of it. It doesn’t matter how or why you lost the tooth. You still feel self-conscious and embarrassed wherever you go, as if that space in your mouth speaks for you!
What is a Dental Bridge Made of?
A dental bridge is a single unit that is usually made up of three parts and includes an artificial tooth, or pontic, suspended by two crowns. The crowns are made to fit the teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth, providing strong support for the artificial tooth that sits in the center. Dental bridges not only restore your appearance but they also enable you to eat and speak comfortably.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of dental bridges, please call our Elk Grove Village, IL dental office. We will be happy to arrange a smile consultation with Dr. Advani so he can answer your questions and go over all your options.
We use dental crowns to solve a range of problems. Crowns are a versatile and aesthetic way to cover, conceal, and protect teeth in many situations.
Conceal and Protect Damaged Teeth
For instance, we may use a crown to conceal and protect a tooth that has been severely damaged by trauma or decay. This is a good option if the tooth has broken above the gumline and the root is still intact. Whenever possible, we’d prefer to save the tooth and the root because this keeps your periodontal bone healthier and prevents further restorative work in the future.
Crowns can also be used to conceal teeth that grew in an unusual way or are significantly discolored to the point where whitening treatments are ineffective.
We also frequently recommend crowns following root canal treatment. Because we must remove a great deal of the interior of your tooth during a root canal, the tooth can become brittle and more prone to breakage. A crown helps to protect your tooth and restore it to full function so that you can chew without worry.
Today’s crowns are attractive and can be created to look exactly like one of your own natural teeth. This allows them to blend in beautifully with the rest of your teeth so that people won’t know your secret.
Replace Missing Teeth
A dental bridge fills in the gap left behind by missing teeth and prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting. With proper care, your dental bridge can last for up to a decade—or even longer. It’s difficult to answer the question precisely since every patient who has a dental bridge is different.
There are many things our patients in Elk Grove Village, IL can do to ensure their dental bridges last as long as possible. One of the main things patients can do is to avoid foods that might put any stress on their dental bridge. For example, hard or chewy candy can put a lot of pressure on dental bridges.
A healthy diet that is high in fruit, vegetables, and fiber is good for oral and overall health. Avoiding sugary and starchy foods can help keep dental decay at bay.
Taking good care of your dental bridge by brushing and flossing regularly will also help protect your bridge and your remaining healthy teeth. Many dentists recommend a floss threader, which can get floss under the bridge to remove food that might be trapped there.
Visiting your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings is another important part of making sure your bridge lasts as long as possible.
For more information on dental bridges, or to schedule an appointment, call our Elk Grove Village dental office today at (847) 437-3250.
Dental crowns are expected to last for decades. However, while crowns are made to be strong and durable, just like your own natural teeth, they can break if put under unexpected pressure. A broken crown is considered to be a dental emergency. If one of your crowns should break or come loose, call us immediately for a same-day emergency dental appointment.
When you come in for your twice yearly examinations, one of the things Dr. Advani will check is the condition of your restorative dental work, including your crowns. If your crown is found to be in need of repair or replacement, Dr. Advani will let you know and discuss your options with you.