A fixed bridge is simply two or more crowns (caps) with one or more false teeth attached between. A bridge is an improvement over a missing tooth or a partial denture, but has some drawbacks. One drawback is that adjacent teeth which may be healthy must be reduced to stumps to receive the crown portions of the bridge. In addition, a bridge cannot be flossed or cleaned normally. Finally, if a supporting tooth for the bridge fails then the whole bridge may fail. Bridges often have an advantage in cost, and in certain situations when a tooth may benefit by being splinted to another tooth. A bridge is also a good option when an implant is contraindicated.
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