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Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

For patients with one or more teeth missing, a common treatment option available is the “dental bridge” – a fixed partial denture that attaches the prosthetic teeth to the adjacent natural teeth. It is generally preferred over a removable partial denture due to its better functionality and minimally intrusive presence. However, this treatment option has certain disadvantages. First, the adjacent natural teeth have to be prepared to support and retain the bridge. This requires the removal of some of the tooth’s surface which can, over time, create undue stress on the supporting teeth. Second, the areas where the teeth are missing will likely experience gradual bone resorbtion since there is no root system in place to prevent this from occurring. Finally, food and bacteria can sometimes collect underneath the bridge, creating problems such as gum disease and decay.