• Bridges

  • Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are 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 bridge appliances.

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

    Why do I need a dental bridge?

    If you have one or more missing teeth, your mouth might not be functioning properly and your bite may be affected.

    Missing teeth can allow other teeth to move into the vacant space. This may result in pain caused by more stress being placed on your jaw joints and teeth. These teeth that have moved may now be more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay since it may be more difficult to properly clean them.

    Bone shrinkage may occur where there once was a tooth and now it is gone. The way the cheeks and lips are supported by the jawbone may change as the bone shrinks. Your face may look different over time as a result.

    How do I know if I should get a dental bridge?

    Consulting a dentist is the best way to determine if a dental bridge is right for you. During your exam the dentist will review your specific situation and explain your options.

    Dr. Zelikow takes the time to go over all your possible options and answer any questions you have. After years of fitting patients in Chicago, Lincolnwood, Elmwood Park, Evanston, and surrounding areas with dental bridges, you can be confident that Dr. Zelikow will work hard to deliver you the best solution possible.

    How do I take care of a dental bridge?

    Though your dental bridge should be treated with a bit more care than your natural teeth to reduce discoloration and detachment, you must take good care of your natural teeth as well, especially if they are holding the dental bridge in place. If those teeth become compromised, the stability of the dental bridge and how well your mouth looks and functions may be threatened.

    Regular Checkups

    Regular checkups and cleanings are crucial to help ensure that your dental bridge is functioning properly. Even if the dental bridge is not supported by your natural teeth, poorly taken care of teeth can lead to health issues in your mouth like gum disease and bone loss that can jeopardize the look and functionality of your dental bridge.

    Oral Hygiene

    Proper personal oral hygiene is important to get rid of plaque and bacteria to keep your dental bridge looking good and working well. Using products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance is your best option since they meet the ADA’s standards for effectiveness and safety.


    It is important to maintain a healthy diet to ensure your oral health does not suffer. You should also avoid foods that may stain your teeth or dental bridge and cause irregular discoloration or distortion.

    When you are ready for a consultation to go over your options, give Dr. Zelikow a call at (773) 348-3309. His friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help with any questions or appointment requests you may have. Dr. Zelikow’s office is conveniently located in Chicago, IL and is easily accessible from Lincolnwood, Elmwood Park, Evanston, and surrounding areas.