Mature man smiling after receiving dental bridge

Dental Bridges

Missing a tooth can affect your bite, confidence, and oral health. 

Dental bridges are a natural-looking and long-lasting way to replace missing teeth.

Our dentists at Premier Dental & Implant Center in Orland Park, IL, provide hand-finished bridges from a trusted local lab.

What Sets Dental Bridges
Apart as a Solution?

Model of teeth and a dental bridge

Dental bridges are an important component of dentistry used to mimic the look and function of natural teeth. Bridges can be supported by neighboring teeth or dental implants, and offer an excellent remedy for many patients with missing teeth. Bridges differ from partial dentures in that bridges typically only replace one to three teeth, while partial dentures can replace more.

High Quality at an Affordable Price

Many people worry that a dental bridge might look obvious to others. Our Orland Park, IL, dental team works closely with a local lab to create custom-made, hand-finished dental bridges that look just like your natural teeth.

At Premier Dental & Implant Center, we believe that repairing your smile should be easy on both you and your wallet. Our staff will work with your insurance provider to secure the best possible coverage. If you are uninsured, we work with CareCredit®, a third-party lender that offers low-interest and interest-free payment plans. 

How Is a Dental Bridge Created?

Our dentists at Premier Dental & Implant Center provide hand-finished bridges from a trusted local lab.
Our dentists at Premier Dental & Implant Center provide hand-finished bridges from a trusted local lab.

Initial Assessment

In an initial appointment, your dentist will determine how many teeth you need to replace, as well as the viability of the abutment teeth (neighboring teeth) to provide support for your bridge.

Preparing the Area

The abutment teeth are carefully shaped to accommodate dental crowns.

Creating Your Bridge

A digital impression of the area is taken using the iTero digital scanner. This impression is used to create the bridge using a combination of pontics (replacement teeth) and crowns. While your bridge is being created, we can provide a temporary bridge consisting of natural-looking crowns and pontics, using our CEREC® machine.

Fitting Your Bridge

After about two to three weeks, your permanent bridge will be ready and we'll call you back into our office. In this next appointment, the finished bridge will be bonded to your abutment teeth using dental cement. Your dentist may make a few adjustments to ensure a precise fit.

A Final Check

In a follow-up appointment, your dentist will check the integrity of the crowns, pontics, and bridge as a whole. You will receive instructions on how to best care for your new dental bridge.

No Need to Worry About Pain or Discomfort

Man under dental sedation

It's natural to feel anxious before a dental procedure. Our Orland Park, IL, dentists always prioritize your comfort. If you feel apprehensive about your appointment or have trouble sitting for long periods, we offer IV sedation and oral conscious sedation to help you feel calm and comfortable under our care.

Caring for Your Dental Bridge

Avoid Certain Foods

Hard foods like nuts and popcorn kernels can damage your dental bridge, leading to a need for further work. Sugary, sticky substances like caramels and hard candies can get stuck under your bridge and lead to cavities and gingivitis. These foods aren't off limits, but be mindful of the teeth you use to chew certain foods, and make sure to clean under the bridge as part of your dental hygiene routine.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Maintain your dental health by brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day and flossing at least once daily. Pay special attention to the area around the crowns, pontics, and abutment teeth. You should also purchase special floss to use under your dental bridge.

Schedule Regular Cleanings

Regular checkups at our Orland Park office can ensure good oral health for years to come. Your dentist will ensure that your bridgework is stable and your abutment teeth and gumline are healthy.

Is an Implant-Supported
Bridge Right for You?

If you elect to receive a dental implant-supported bridge, you will need to first undergo implant placement. This involves a three- to six-month recovery period as the implants fuse to the bone tissue. Once you have healed, we can provide your permanent bridge. Many patients choose this option because it eliminates the need to crown healthy teeth, and the implants provide stimulation that prevents bone atrophy in the jaw.

"The best experience ever."

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Jan

Orland Park, IL

2023

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This Practice is wonderful, they have a professional to cover all of your dental issues. Just completed a dental implant, virtually pain free and each step was handled with great care. Veronica gave me a dental cleaning today, best ever, thanks to your wonderful staff!

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Rabab Magid

Orland Park, IL

2022

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The best experience ever. I hated dentists all of my life. However, this experience was a positive experience. I'm definitely going to revisit their office and make them my official dentist. Im blessed.

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Premier Dental & Implant Center

Premier Dental & Implant Center

At Premier Dental & Implant Center, we provide high-quality dental care for your entire family. Periodontist and implant specialist Yamen Akhras, DDS, MS and our team offer a full range of dental services. We are also proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Chicago Dental Associations
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (708) 873-9709 today.

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