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:
Shifting of remaining teeth
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. Engelberg 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 it was far from painless. Dr. Engelberg told me he would make sure I was as comfortable as possible while he worked, and that was no joke. I did not feel a thing. He walked me through every step of the process, clearly explaining what he was doing, and why. He was meticulous with his work and made me feel comfortable throughout the process. I will be back, and hopefully not with an emergency next time! Thank you Dr. Engelberg and AH Smiles for this very positive, pain-free, comfortable experience."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 is very clean, friendly front desk people and staff. Whether or not you just need a place to call home for those every 6-month routine cleanings for you and your family, or you want to do some cosmetic restoration on your smile, there is only one place to call."Timothy M.
"My dentist for 25 to 30 years was Dr. William Uhler. Bill eventually retired and sold his practice to Dr. Engelberg. 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 Dr. Uhler"?
Well folks, enter Brent A. Engelberg, D.D.S.. My teeth and gums have a new friend, a super-pro who knows exactly what he is doing. His procedural technique is always accompanied by calming explanation. Indeed, this fits with his personality: caring, tolerant, perceptive and really empathetic. DR. Brent's staff, well, their marvelous too!
Dr. larry j. Powitz"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. Engelberg and staff will never try to "upsell" if you don't need it. I have told my friends to go, and if they aren't satisfied, I would pay for their appointment. That's how confident I am about this practice."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 to be very up to date with the latest in dentistry and knowledgable regarding new techniques and devices that would help my teeth. He is easy to talk to and I enjoy speaking with 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.
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.
The number of teeth in a dental bridge varies. Traditional bridges are the most common type or bridge, and it is decided by the bridge being surrounded on either side by natural teeth. Traditional bridges can vary from 1-4 depending on the gap.
Dental bridges come in 2 different ways. Fixed- meaning that they are permanent, or they can be made to be removable. If you want to be able to remove your bridge than making sure to choose a removable bridge may be a better option for you.
A modern dental bridge should feel almost identical to your natural teeth. Many patients say that their bridge feels better than their natural teeth. Typically, they feel best when the bridge fixes damaged teeth, or gaps between teeth.
With a dental bridge you should be able to eat normally however some foods are a higher risk. Sticky foods like gum and candy put you at higher risk to experience problems with your bridges. Foods high in sugar, coffee, soda, and wine are likely to cause problems.