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Fixed and Removeable Bridges

A bridge is a device which fills a space previously occupied by a tooth that was lost for any reason.  It is called a fixed bridge when it is cemented or bonded into place. It is usually called a partial denture when it is removable (i.e. can be taken in & out).



100% porcelain cemented bridge, a life changer for this patient.  He could smile for the first time.  Also some simple cosmetic shaping of the chipped and extruded upper incisors.

A bridge may be necessary to prevent:

  • Shifting of adjacent and opposing teeth which can lead to bite problems (malocclusion)
  • Jaw problems
  • Periodontal disease
  • Loss of cosmetics and function of your front teeth when you start using these for chewing due to back tooth loss and non-replacement
  • When insufficient or poor quality bone prevents use of implants

In general, having all individual teeth makes it easier to clean and prevent periodontal problems. Joining teeth together via fixed bridegwork makes cleansing more difficult.  Removable bridgework (partial denture) creates extra presuure on the remaining teeth holding it with clasps.  Individual implant replacement of lost teeth is a good alternative for most people, making it easier to clean.

GREAT NEWS!!!  When you need, or want, teeth replaced via a fixed bridge, NO MORE GOOP impressions.  We have been doing digital scans with the CadentiTero system for many years.  In fact, our office is one of the first in the United States, and Dr. Grussenmeyer demonstrated the system on the nightly news from the US East coast to Hawaii.