This case was in this week for a routine hygiene review and I thought it was worth a mention. It is an example of a direct fibre reinforced composite bridge that was built in the mouth to replace the upper premolar. The xray shows that this tooth had had a great deal of dentistry, which had delayed its loss for many years but it was now loose and causing pain so needed to come out. As is always the case we look at all replacement options and considered the use of simple unilateral denture made with flexible acrylic (Valplast) or an implant retained crown but the patient wanted something quick and simple that did not need to be taken out at night and did not involve any drilling to the support tooth. The fibre bridge matched her requirements and was made once the gum had healed over following the extraction. The second photo shows the bridge after three years of use and the first photo shows why you should never take photos immediately after finishing the work as the other teeth are dehydrated and look much whiter than they usually do.
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