Replacement Of Missing Teeth Using Bridges

In the case of fewer missing teeth and where these are missing from only one side of the mouth, a bridge may be the preferred option,although this will depend on the condition and position of the remaining teeth,as these have to be able to provide sound foundations on which to place the bridge.Such cases are judged on their merits and like crowns the remaining teeth must be suitable to act as supports to allow a predictable result that has a good chance of providing a long lasting solution.In the event that the teeth are compromised, a removable denture option may be a smarter solution.
A bridge consists of one or more crowns (abutments) with a false tooth/teeth attached to it/them (pontics),normally made from the same material (metal/porcelain,ceramic or a reinforced composite).
In cases where the adjacent teeth are free of fillings or disease ,a more conservative bridge (resin bonded) using adhesive technology may be suitable,although these are short-term solutions typically giving up to five years of service.They are also useful when space exists to accomodate the bridge components and when the teeth are big enough.
The more conventional bridge involves the preparation of one or more teeth to accomodate the metal and porcelain of the bridge.If any of the teeth appear to be unhealthy and associated with disease they would not be suitable without treatment and even after treatment may not be suitable to support the bridge.Like a bridge carrying a road,the supports at either end have to be strong.If a tooth is weak,the whole bridge is weak.
Both options require that your oral hygiene and the ability to look after your mouth is good.The bridge option requires greater skill in keeping the mouth clean as it cannot be removed for cleaning.
The removable denture option means that adjacent teeth can be cleaned more easily.
In the event that you are not prepared to maintain satisfactory and effective oral hygiene,your dentist may decline to provide further treatment.

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