Dental Bridge An Overview
A dental bridge is an appliance often used to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth, “bridging” the gap left behind when a tooth is lost. Dr. Brent Engelberg and Dr. Jennifer Mullarkey offer patients high quality, custom fit dental bridges for tooth replacement that can be designed, fabricated and placed in their Arlington Heights dentist office.
Replacing missing teeth is important for many reasons, including the prevention of more complex dental problems related to tooth loss:
- Periodontal disease
- Shifting of remaining teeth
- Bite problems
- Speech and dietary concerns
A dental bridge can be removable or fixed, anchored on either side by an existing tooth or dental implants. In many cases, Dr. Engelberg or Dr. Mullarkey will recommend capping an existing tooth with a dental crown for added strength and stability. A dental bridge can provide many years of comfortable, functional smiles.
"Dr. Engleberg is a step above. I went in on a referral due to a veneer emergency. Dr. Engelberg was a complete perfectionist and painlessly fixed my tooth, it looks perfect! I highly recommend Dr. Engelberg and this practice. I have had this tooth worked on in the past, and…Annie H.
"I have never had a bad expeience, have been a very satisfied patient."Jim L.
"Dr. Engelberg rocks! I use to hate the dentist; lots of anxiety and a borderline phobia of getting my mouth looked at every 6 months. But since coming to Dr. Engelberg's office in Arlington Heights, I have had the absolute BEST experience I've ever had with a dentist. The office…Timothy M.
"My dentist for 25 to 30 years was Dr. William Uhler. Bill eventually retired and sold his practice to Dr. Engleberg. Initially, I thought, " What the heck am I going to do if I have a tooth ache; if all my crowns, bridges and implants decide to retire with…Larry P.
"I have always mistrusted Dentist's in the past from some bad experiences. This office is the best ever. Words cannot describe how good it is. You just have to try it. Dr. Engleberg and staff will never try to "upsell" if you don't need it. I have told my friends…Glenn C.
"I have ONLY gone to this dentist my entire life (before Engelberg was Uhler). Dr. Engelberg is a great dentist and even better guy! I will be a patient for life because not only are the dentist great, but my dental hygenist Pam is THE best! See ya in FEB!"Matt G.
"I have been going to Dr. Engelberg since Dr. Uhler retired. I have only had positive experiences with him and have found his work and care to be of highest quality. My questions are always answered and I feel very safe and comfortable during all my visits. I find him…Roberta Z.
"Everyone is super friendly and the chairs even have massages in them! Truly a one of a kind dentist office, always have a very nice experience."Erica S.
Dental Bridge What to Expect
During a consultation, Dr. Engelberg will discuss your personal concerns, oral health and cosmetic goals before recommending the most suitable option for you. To restore your smile with a dental bridge, or learn more about our restorative dental treatments, contact our office at (847) 230-9703 or use our online request form to schedule an appointment.
Arlington Heights Smiles serves many local communities including Long Grove, IL, Deerfield, IL, Northbrook, IL, Buffalo Grove, IL and Arlington Heights, IL.
Dental Bridge vs Dental Implants: What To Consider
The introduction of dental implants has vastly changed the landscape of restorative dentistry and tooth replacement for both doctor and patient. Dental implants can be more costly up front, but provide several key benefits for dental health that will outweigh the cost over time:
- Bone retention: the tiny titanium post implanted in the jaw functions like a tooth root, stimulating natural bone cell growth to reduce jaw shrinkage which can affect the bite and cause teeth to shift.
- Normal speech and diet: a dental implant functions like a natural tooth and allows normal speech patterns and a healthy diet with no restrictions.
- Stable, secure restoration: a dental implant is permanent and completely stable- no slipping or falling out.
- No daily maintenance: there is no need for daily or routine maintenance with a dental implant.
Another consideration for many patients is the length of the dental implant procedure. The initial surgical phase when the post is implanted in the bone will be completed several months before the final restoration, or prosthetic tooth, is attached. This is necessary for the post to integrate with the jaw bone and to ensure the tissues are healed before permanently attaching the dental crown that will act as a new tooth.