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Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Fixed Bridges? candidate for porcelain fixed bridges

When you have several missing teeth in a row, it can cause you to speak differently, look differently, and struggle with simple eating and drinking. The missing teeth allow your remaining teeth to shift out of position, and this can cause a host of other problems. Fortunately, patients of Harold Krinsky, DDS in Forest Glen, IL can pay a visit and discover if they are a candidate for porcelain fixed bridges, which is a fantastic option for long term health and well being.

As your dentist in Forest Glen, Dr. Krinsky will take the time to explain your various treatment options when you have lost any permanent teeth. He will review treatments that can include partial dentures and porcelain bridges, and he will also discuss the option of a dental implant supported dental bridge too.

As a major part of restorative dentistry, the use of bridges enables us to fill in the gaps where teeth have been lost, restore the function of the entire set of teeth, and prevent unwanted issues from arising. Determining if you are a candidate for porcelain fixed bridges is actually quite simple.

Candidates for Porcelain Fixed Bridges

  • You must have two healthy teeth – one at each end of the gap
  • You must have one or more teeth missing between the two healthy teeth
  • You must practice good oral hygiene (including exams and cleanings)
  • You must be prepared to have two dental crowns or even two dental implants placed to support the bridge

It is that final point that confuses many people who hear they are a candidate for porcelain fixed bridges. After all, it can sound unusual to put dental crowns on healthy teeth or to remove less healthy teeth and replace them in order to support crowns. The reasons for this are actually very logical. To use a fixed bridge, it means fixing it to two healthy teeth at each end. If a tooth is likely to become infected or require advanced care such as a root canal or large filling, it won’t have structural integrity enough to support a bridge. Putting a crown over the tooth or even using implants means that the bridge will remain strong and firmly in place.

Contact Our Forest Glen Dentist for Porcelain Fixed Bridges

If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for porcelain fixed bridges, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Forest Glen, IL office at 773-685-9666. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.


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