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Dental Bridge

Chapko and Shah Modern Dentistry serve the Belvidere and surrounding communities in Boone County, Butler County, McHenry County, Ogle County, and Winnebago County.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a natural-looking dental appliance that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, a dental bridge is barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.

There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer; others need to be removed by a dentist.

Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make the dental bridge appliances.

Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.

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Meet Dr. Shefali Shah

Dr. Shah is a member of the AGD and ADA. She enjoys practicing all phases of dentistry and the variety of treatment general and cosmetic dentistry has to offer. Patient comfort is very important to Dr. Shah, she is always sure to use a gentle touch and advanced techniques to ensure her patients have a positive and effective experience.

General Dentistry

Dental Exams, Tooth Decay / Cavities / Root Canal Therapy / Sealants / Tooth Colored Fillings

Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain Veneers, Porcelain Crowns / Invisalign Clear Braces / Teeth Whitening / Dental Bridges

What can I expect with a dental bridge?

A dental bridge are usually performed in two visits; during the first visit the patient’s teeth are examined. Once it is determined that they will receive a dental bridge, a local anesthetic will be given in order to prepare the teeth that will support the dental bridge. After preparation of the teeth is complete, a mold is taken in order to design a dental bridge that has a natural and secure fit. Without a secure fit the teeth under the bridge supports can suffer from decay because they are nearly impossible to clean with the bridge in place. Until the permanent bridge is completed, Dr. Shah will fit you with a temporary dental bridge so the teeth and gums can be protected from damage.

To complete the dental bridge procedure, you must return to the dental office for a second visit to have the bridge fitted and cemented in place. After the dental bridge is correctly fitted and the bite is perfect, our dental staff will take further impressions to ensure that the bite is natural and does not cause any pain or discomfort during your bite. Dr. Shah and our team will ensure that the shade is the same as your natural teeth, resulting in a natural-looking smile that will boost your confidence and make you feel better about smile.

Who Choose Us?

Your dentist for a dental bridge.

Create you dream smile! Many people have serious concerns about the way their smile looks.  If you could change anything about the appearance and function of your teeth and gums, what would it be? Schedule an appointment with our talented dental team today!

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