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What is a Bridge?
- A bridge is a method to fill the space created by missing teeth.
- A bridge is made of one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support.
- Resin retained bridges require little preparation of the teeth but conventional bridges can require significant preparation of the teeth.
- They can sometimes lead to root canal treatments if a lot of tooth preparation is required.
- Conventional bridges can put extra pressure on the supporting teeth decreasing their lifespan.
- Conventional bridges can be made of porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain.
- Fewer people are opting for bridges these days with the advancement and reliability of implants.
What are the benefits of a bridge?
- They can be used to replace missing teeth but as they often need to use adjacent teeth in order to do so, many people will choose an implant if that is an option.
- When implants are not possible and you want a fixed solution to replace missing teeth, they are a good option.
- Resin retained bridges are a good temporary option to replace missing teeth when waiting for implants or in adolescents.