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Bridges

Bridges

A bridge is fixed replacement for a missing tooth that is attached to one or more adjacent teeth.

The supporting teeth are known as abutment teeth and the replacement tooth is known as the pontic. Bridges can be divided into categories as follows:

Conventional bridges

These bridges involve one or more crowned abutment teeth linked together to include at least one pontic tooth.It is important to be aware that the requirement to crown either or both of the adjacent teeth involves considerable damage to those teeth.  This may be justified in that the aesthetic or functional need to fill the missing space may be greater than the risks associated with such tooth destruction.  In more recent years this biological risk or cost has become a more important factor in treatment planning. With the advent of reliable implant treatment bridgework is no longer the first choice when replacing missing teeth.  

Adhesive bridges

Adhesive bridges have an artificial tooth attached to a metal wing that is cemented to the back of an adjacent tooth. This is an attractive solution to replace a missing tooth but has limitations and is only appropriate in certain circumstances.  there are also disadvantages associated with debonding but the bridge can be recemented if it fails.  These bridges are indicated where no preparation is required to supported teeth and often as an immediate solution after extraction.

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