Irving Park Dental Center is committed to offering a full range of dentistry services. Whether you’ve had repairs or need a complete replacement, we recommend continual check-ups to assess your gums and bone density to assess the surrounding areas associated with your implant.
Dental Bridges are used to replace a tooth or teeth that are missing. A fixed’ bridge is cemented or bonded to anchor teeth (aka abutment teeth). In contrast, a removable bridge (aka ‘removable partial denture’) is not cemented, but has clasps or wires that ‘clip’ onto your anchor (abutment) teeth. (Ask Dr. Bloom about some of the cosmetic alternatives to metal clasps.) If you don’t have solid teeth on both ends of a space, then implants or a removable partial denture are your only options, ie. a fixed bridge requires solid abutment teeth on both ends of the space.
Bridges are designed to match your natural teeth as closely as possible in size and color. Bridges are an effective way to:
- Eliminate gaps in your smile
- Improve your ability to chew and speak
- Prevent the sunken cheek look that comes from missing teeth
- Equalize pressure on your bite
- Keep remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Dr. Bloom works with 3 main types of bridges:
Traditional Fixed Bridge
The traditional fixed bridge uses crowns on your teeth to support the replacement tooth or teeth and the crowns are cemented or bonded in place. This type of bridge requires 2 appointments. The first appointment is for: preparing the abutment teeth for their crowns, an impression for the bridge fabrication at the lab, and a temporary bridge is made and cemented with a temporary cement to hold for the 2-3 weeks needed for bridge fabrication. At the second bridge visit, the temporary bridge is removed, the new bridge is fitted and then cemented or bonded to your teeth with very strong cement.
Resin Bonded Bridge
A resin-bonded dental bridge is a fixed bridge that anchors the false tooth with ‘wings’ that attach to your teeth on either side of the gap. This type of bridge does not require as much preparation of your teeth and is less expensive than a fixed bridge. It is a conservative method for bridging when the teeth next to the gap do not need crowns. Its shortcoming is that a retention wing does not surround your tooth like a crown does, and so it has more chance of loosening over time than does the traditional fixed bridge… on the other hand, it is usually possible to re-bond the bridge if that happens.
Dr. Bloom will prepare, fit and place your dental bridge, often in 2 just appointments. During the first appointment, your teeth will be prepared and an impression will be taken for the lab. When the bridge is ready, Dr. Bloom will make sure it fits properly and then bond it to your teeth.
Your bridge will soon be as comfortable as your own teeth. We will teach you how to brush and floss in the area to ensure that your bridge will remain in good condition for many years to come. While we feel that crowns and fixed bridges can be expect to give 8-20 years of service, the most common reason that does not happen is oral hygiene practices that fail to prevent new decay or gum disease.
Removable bridges come in 2 varieties:
1. A bridge that anchors to your teeth with wires or clasps (or esthetic substitutes). The proper name for these is ‘removable partial denture’. In an area where there is no back tooth for support, the false teeth rest on the gums.
2. SnapOn Smiles. A SnapOn Smile is a removable smile makeover. It is significanly less expensive than other methods of smile makeover because an entire arch of teeth is treated with this removable appliance. The SnapOn Smile can be ordered so that you have an ideal smile in the shade of your choice and it can replace missing teeth, too. The shortcoming of the SnapOn Smile is its longevity… being a plastic appliance, it lasts for only 2-4 years. By comparison, we generally expect a well maintained removable partial denture to last 6-15 years.
Cracked Tooth Repair
Cracked teeth can cause a variety of symptoms including pain while chewing, temperature sensitivities, and the release of biting pressure. It’s common for pain to come and go, which can make diagnosing the cause difficult.
While you chew, cracked pieces of your tooth move, causing the pulp within the tooth may become irritated. When biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly resulting in sharp pain. If left untreated, the pulp will eventually become damaged and the tooth will constantly hurt, even when you are not chewing.
There are different types of cracks, and each should be evaluated to prevent tooth loss and infection.
Dental implants are teeth replacements that are implanted into your jaw where they eventually fuse with your jawbone. Because of this they are extremely stable. Unlike traditional crowns and bridges, they do not need support from your surrounding teeth. However, because it is a minor surgical procedure, the process takes longer than crown or bridge replacements — up to nine months depending on healing time. Dental implants are sometimes used to retain dentures known as “snap-dentures.”
Depending on the position of the teeth to be replaced and your dental health, Dr. Bloom will determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. You must be in overall good health, with healthy gums and bone structure in order to receive dental implants.
After the implant fuses with the bone fittings will be taken for the dental implant restoration, i.e. a crown or fixed bridge. This may take more than 1 appointment. When the dental implants are ready, replacement teeth will be attached to the implant. Once healed, your dental implants will look and function much like your natural teeth.
If you are interested in learning whether you are a candidate for dental implants, please contact our office. Over 29 years experience… For the smile you’ve always wanted, contact Dr. Bloom today.
At Irving Park Dental Center, we provide implant restoration services when they’re necessary. Our staff knows the signs of implant problems, and we are committed to checking them each time we see you. During visits after having implants put in, we assess your gums, bone density and any part that’s connected to the implant. These checks are in an effort to keep you healthy and catch any problems with the implants.
When you receive implants, we will guide you on how best to take care of them. This will help you minimize problems and be aware if any present themselves. If you think there is an issue with your current implants, please let us know so we can check them.
At Irving Park Dental Center, we follow our ethical way of doing business when we approach implant restoration. This means that we put your health and well-being first. We always check your implants after we fit them, and we give you the information you need about your oral health and treatments.request an appointment
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are restorative options for the back teeth. Inlays and Onlays can be made of metal, porcelain or hardened composite resin, all of which are significantly stronger than ordinary fillings. Impressions are made of the prepared teeth and these restorations are fabricated in the laboratory. 2-3 weeks later, these pieces are bonded into the damaged area of the tooth with very strong cement. A temporary restoration protects your tooth between the two visits.
An inlay (which is similar to a filling but much stronger) is used between the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, somewhere between the inlay and crown. In comparison to the inlay, the onlay lends strength to your tooth by restoring weak cusps with strong material. (Cusps are the ‘points’ of the back teeth that do the chewing.)
Dr. Bloom will prepare, fit and place your crown, inlay or onlay, often in just 2 appointments. During the first appointment, your teeth will be prepared and an impression will be taken for the lab. When the your crown, inlay or onlay is ready, Dr. Bloom will make sure it fits properly and then bond it to your teeth.request an appointment