FAQs About Dental Bridges


Because there are so many dental procedures available today you may wonder what the differences are between them. Some are more involved and complex than others such as dental implants, while others are less-invasive quick and easy such as cosmetic bonding. When talking about missing teeth, some procedures may replace many teeth at once like dentures, while others may replace only one or two teeth. What does a dental bridge do? Read our FAQs about dental bridges and find out.


Fact #1: A mistake that many people make is to think that one or two missing teeth are not a problem. The truth is even one missing tooth can cause problems for your whole mouth.

Fact #2: The teeth adjacent to the space left from a missing tooth will shift or tilt to try to fill the space, leading to crooked and misaligned teeth.

Fact #3: If an implant is not placed in a timely manner the underlying jawbone can begin to atrophy leading to jaw issues.

Fact #4: A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth.

Fact #5: The remaining adjacent teeth are used as anchors for the bridge. The bridge is either supported by fastening metal to the remaining healthy teeth, or crowns are fitted over the remaining healthy teeth. 

Fact #6: A bridge fills in the gap between healthy teeth with porcelain crowns and literally “bridges” the gap left by the missing teeth.

Fact #7: Dental bridges are used to restore a healthy bite and to prevent facial distortion and other dental problems.

 About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.