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Complete Family Dentistry | Bridges in Schaumburg

Complete Family Dentistry
1305 Wiley Rd, Ste 103
Schaumburg, IL 60173

(847) 843-1505


What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?

A bridge (also called a fixed partial denture is a restoration which replaces or spans the pace where one or more teeth have been lost. There are two types of bridges: fixed and removable. Fixed bridges are cemented into place and can only be reomved by a dentist.  On the other hand, you can take out a removable bridge for cleaning.  Removable bridges, while less expensive, may not be as desirable as fixed bridges and are not generally as stable.                                                       

Why do I need a bridge?

Your appearance, dental health and the proper functioning of your mouth are all important reasons for wearing a bridge.  A bridge helps maintain the natural shape of your face and may help support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

More importantly, though, your dental health may suffer when teeth are not replaced. Teeth were designed to complement each other.  When a tooth is lost, the nearby teeth may tilt toward the empty space, or the teeth in the opposite jaw may move up or down toward the space.  This places unusual stress on both the teeth and tissues in your mouth.

In addition, the gum tissues and the bone that holds teeth in place can break down, increasing the risk of gum disease.  Teeth that have tipped are difficult to clean, making them more likely to decay.  As a result, even more teeth may be lost.

Missing teeth  can also affect the way you chew and speak.  Chewing on only one side may cause stress to your mouth. You also need your teeth to speak properly, since they help you make the many sounds needed in speech.



Immediately after a tooth is lost.

When a tooth is not replaced, the remaining teeth can drift out of position.  This can lead to cavities and gum disease.


How is a bridge attached?

A fixed bridge is commonly cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth.  A false tooth (called a pontic) replaces the lost tooth.  The pontic is attached to the crowns (restorations that cover a tooth). Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.

The custom-made bridge is fitted and adjusted.


Are there different types of bridges?

In some instances, a resin-bonded bridge, frequently called a “Maryland Bridge,” can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Because the bridge is attached be a special procedure called bonding, it doesn’t require the use of crowns or extensive tooth preparation. 

Bridges can also be supported by implants.  Implants attach artificial teeth directly into the jaw or under the gum tissue.  Because they require extensive surgery, candidates for implants should have good general health and have adequate bone with which to place an implant.       Return to top of page

To replace a missing tooth with a conventional three-unit bridge, teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared.



After adjustments are made, the bridge is cemented into place.


In some cases, a resin-bonded bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth.


This page was made using information from the American Dental Association.

Schaumburg Dentist | Bridges. Jeffrey Swager is a Schaumburg Dentist.