DENTAL IMPLANTS vs A BRIDGE
Why bridgework fails?
Good quality bridgework that was fitted by an expert and that is well maintained should provide excellent long-term service. If a bridge fails it is usually due to decay or leakage under the crowns on the supporting teeth, or sometimes due to fracture of one or more of these teeth. If the cause can be successfully treated and the teeth are still maintainable, new bridgework can be made. If the supporting teeth are untenable, dental implant-supported crowns and/or bridges are usually recommended as an alternative solution.
Types of bridges
There are several different types of fixed bridgework or bridges:
- Conventional bridge – usually cemented to a tooth at either side of a gap where teeth are missing
- Cantilever bridge – cemented to one tooth next to a gap and replacing a single tooth
- Resin-bonded bridges – can either fixed at both ends or cantilevered and is really only suitable for single missing teeth.
- Removable bridges (can be taken out for cleaning) and are really a type of denture and can be used with precision attachments on the teeth or existing crowns.
- Dental implant supported fixed bridges – bridgework can also be made on dental implants and be fixed by being screwed to the implant or cemented to an abutment (or post) on the implant.
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