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Bridges

As the name implies (bridge), this “fixed” form of prosthodontics spans the gap created by a missing tooth or missing teeth. This cemented appliance involves crowning supporting teeth on both sides of the gap, filling the gap with prosthetics – “lifelike”, real-looking teeth that sit slightly above the gums, giving a very natural appearance. These bridges are often made with porcelain bonded to the metal for strength. Sometimes bridges are utilized, as they provide the best solution for replacing missing teeth, but sometimes other solutions are more optimal. If teeth on either side have had root canal therapy and/or are heavily restored (or both), making them prone to fracture, then they would need “full coverage”, so a bridge might be a good solution.

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