Teeth Gaps and Tooth Bridges

tooth bridgesWhen we talk about tooth bridges we are talking about replacing missing teeth. Typically a gap of one or more teeth, where we crown the teeth on either side of the gap and connect them with lab fabricated teeth.

The alternative is usually a partial denture. The main difference between the two is that the tooth bridge is a single solid piece that is permanently cemented into the mouth (the partial needs to be removed and cared for).

Call us at our Lemont dental office and we will discuss with you your options.

Tooth Bridges – Before and After

Below, you will see results from actual patients of Lemont dentist Dr. Mohajir.

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Press & move your mouse over the images to see the Before-After images

Our belief in bridgework is the simple conviction that the quality of life is improved. This may sound lofty, but there are very real, very significant benefits.

Appearance is a motivator for some patients, especially when front teeth are missing. We believe a bridge can contribute to higher self-esteem and refined speech. Your tongue moves more naturally as you speak–without whistling or lisping.

Before – Old Maryland Bridge with cavity beneath it

After – New Porcelain Bridge

“Occlusal stability” refers to a strong, functional bite–a fine-tuned machine, if you will. Missing teeth, however, contribute to an erratic bite, which in turn will wear healthy teeth down to “balance” a bad bite. Comfortable eating is at issue, surely something basic to our lives.

A finely made bridge can recover both lost form and function. Without it, even a single missing tooth undermines your health and vigor over time.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

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We hope this letter finds you well! We know it's been difficult for everyone during this challenging time, and we just wanted to let you know that we haven't forgotten about you! We've been open but only seeing emergency patients during the last 8 weeks, as was mandated by the Governor of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

 

As of May 11, 2020, we have been given the green light to reopen for routine dental care. During the last couple months, as we've been seeing emergencies, we have been making daily adjustments to our protocols to ensure they are meeting and exceeding the guidelines given to us from the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Research is ongoing, and we are prepared to adopt new guidelines as evidence emerges. We are thrilled to be opening our doors again to all of our existing patients, and we look forward to welcoming new patients to the practice as well. To give us time to acquire the necessary supplies and implement changes, we will be fully open as of June 1, 2020 for routine dental care.

 

We have implemented a number of new protocols in addition to our already rigorous infection-control standards:

 

  • All patients will be screened prior to their appointment with a CDC-approved questionnaire.
  • We will be asking you to stay in your car until you are sent a message to come in for your appointment.
  • We will be asking you to wear a mask before you enter the office; this goes for minor children as well.
  • We will ask you to use hand sanitizer once you enter, and will provide you with gloves to put on afterward.
  • We will be limiting the number of people in the waiting room to 1 individual at a time, unless a parent needs to accompany a minor. Once a minor child is brought back for treatment, we will be asking the parent to return to their car to wait until treatment is complete.
  • We will be taking temperatures before you enter the treatment area.
  • We will have you rinse with an antimicrobial mouth rinse after you are seated.
  • We have implemented additional air purification standards to reduce aerosols and contaminants in the whole office.
  • You will see the staff wearing more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) than we were wearing before. This is not just for the protection of the staff, but also to prevent cross-contamination to the patient.

 

We are requesting that you be patient with us during this time. We will all be adapting to a new normal, and that can be frustrating for everyone involved. Appointment times will take approximately 20-30 minutes longer than previously, to allow us the time needed to effectively implement the changes we talked about above. We would not recommend scheduling your appointments on days where you have a very tight schedule to maintain, as there may be unexpected delays.

 

We can't wait to get back to the work of getting you smiling again!

 

Thank you!

Saqib H. Mohajir, DMD

Pinewood Dental

 

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