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Old 08-19-2010, 09:10 AM   #1
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Bridges and how many teeth can they ...

put on a bridge?? Ive been lucky recently and had my 2 top teeth put on a bridge! But my bottom row, i have 5 teeth missing, i dont think she liked the idea of putting that many on a bridge???
How many teeth have some of you got on a bridge???

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Old 08-20-2010, 01:41 PM   #2
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DH had a bridge spanning 2 gaps. When one of the teeth holding up the bridge decayed badly and had to be removed, his dentist was not comfortable with a bridge covering spaces for more than 2 teeth and said he needed either a partial plate or an implant to replace the 3rd tooth, which could then support a replacement bridge. He chose the implant and has been very happy with it.

Five teeth sounds like a very long gap for a bridge to support. Since the bridge doesn't quite rest on your gum (you need to be able to floss under it), there'd be a lot of stress on the 2 teeth supporting it at either end every time you but down on something. One possibility might be an implant in the middle and a couple of 2-tooth bridges on either side but it won't be cheap.

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Hi there! I have to get a "flipper" partial to replace my top front 6 teeth -- yeah -- wow -- but after healing time is over, they are talking about implants/bridges -- for a more permanent solution. So, when you talk bridges are expensive -- how expensive are you talking? Just curious how much money I better try to save and get my hands on for down the road. With 6 teeth, I'm sure I would have to have so many implants and the rest a bridge? Obviously would want to go the cheapest route -- but doesn't sound like there is anything "cheap" about implants and/or bridges, right? Aren't bridges cheaper than implants? So maybe combining the two would bring the cost down? What exactly is a bridge? Thanks for any help!

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