A dental bridge replaces a tooth or teeth by being fixed to either one or both of the neighbouring natural teeth. The artificial tooth that fills the gap hovers over the gum very closely and provides a strong structure on which to bite on. Compared with implants, bridges have the advantage that they can usually be made in a shorter timespan and that there is not the psychological obstacle of having surgery of the gum.
The downside of bridges are that they rely on the health and support of the neighbouring teeth, and if the neighbouring teeth become compromised, the whole bridge is compromised.
There are two distinct types of bridges that exist:
- Conventional Bridges – these involve the bridge covering the entirety of the neighbouring support teeth. This requires significant amount of reshaping of the neighbouring teeth in the same way that a tooth is made ready for a dental crown, before the conventional bridge is cemented over them.
- Adhesive Bridges – these involve either no reshaping at all of a neighbouring tooth or very minimal reshaping. Adhesive bridges are only suitable in certain scenarios
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