| Tooth-supported fixed bridge
A traditional bridge involves grinding down adjacent
teeth to support the bridge. It is a stable solution
with good esthetics and function that is fairly easy
to install. However, this alternative has two main disadvantages:
continuous bone resorbtion in the edentulous area, and
sacrificing healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge.
| Removable partial denture
This is not a permanent alternative to a lost tooth.
It is unstable and loosely attached, which affects both
function and comfort. A removable partial denture is
made of plastic - a material that can't create the same
esthetic result as a ceramic crown. The benefits are
few but do exist: adjacent teeth aren't affected. It
is easily and quickly installed and relatively cheap.
| Resin-bonded bridge
This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly
installed, functions well and, since it is made of ceramic,
it gives a high esthetic result. Moreover, natural healthy
teeth aren't affected. But it is not very permanent.
The resin-bonded bridge will eventually come off - probably
after just a couple of years - and will then have to