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A bridge is one of a number of alternatives for replacing missing teeth.
A bridge replaces a missing tooth by means of two, or more, crowns which are 'bridged' by an additional tooth over the site of the missing tooth, as shown in the following diagram,
Replacement of missing teeth especially when the adjacent teeth are somewhat compromised and are indicated for crowns.
It is essential to replace missing teeth due to the numerous potential problems described in the oral health section 'Why Replace Missing Teeth' that may result in further tooth loss.
- Replacement tooth, or teeth
- Natural, or improved, appearance
- Support and protection to compromised teeth
- Restoration of normal, or improved, function
The procedure requires two appointments, as per crowns. At the first appointment the abutment teeth are prepared by circumferential reduction to make room for the supporting crowns. An impression (or, mould) is then taken for fabrication at a laboratory, and a plastic temporary bridge fitted for the interim period. Laboratory fabrication takes approximately 2 weeks. At the subsequent visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the final bridge is permanently cemented into place.
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Types of Crowns & Bridges
||Amount of tooth reduction
|Full gold crowns/bridges
|Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
|Bonded porcelain shell crown / veneer - cosmetic
|All Ceramic (Procera)
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