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A Bridge is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by fusing permanently to adjacent teeth, crowns, or dental implants. A bridge is not removable as it is secured into place. The recipient of a bridge must be careful to clean well under this prosthesis.
There are a number of different types of bridges that can be made. The kind of bridge the dentist makes will depend on your individual situation and the way the bridge anchors to the adjacent teeth.
A bridge is made by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth by a preparation method determined by the location of the teeth and by the material from which the bridge is constructed. The abutment teeth are reduced in size in order to restore the size and shape of the original teeth in a correct alignment and contact with the opposing teeth. The root surface area of the abutment teeth needs to equal to or greater than that of the teeth being replaced with pontics (false teeth).
For more information on dental bridges, refer to this article: Dental Health and Bridges
DENTURES & PARTIAL DENTURES
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. In cases where most or all of a patient’s teeth are missing a Full Denture may be recommended. “Immediate” dentures are inserted immediately following the removal of the natural teeth. An immediate denture acts as a temporary “patch” to protect the tissues and minimize bleeding after tooth extraction. “Conventional” dentures may be placed in the mouth approximately eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed.
Partial Dentures are an option if you still have some natural teeth remaining. A partial denture will be attached to the remaining teeth in order to fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent other teeth from changing position.
The materials used to fabricate a denture are made of acrylic plastic and sometimes porcelain and metal materials. A denture is made with colors closely resembling natural gum tissue and teeth.
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