Alternative Types of Bridges

In an area where the tooth lost had moderate chewing forces and where the adjacent teeth are healthy, or where the patient is young and an intermediate solution is required, the minimally invasive "acid-etched bridge" is used.

A front tooth is missing, and the adjacent teeth are healthy and undamaged
The inside surfaces of the teeth are slightly roughened or a shallow preparation is made.
An impression is taken and the lab technician constructs a pontic on a metal framework.

The prepared teeth are etched before placement of the bridge.

The bridge is bonded to the teeth using a strong cement.

The final result is aesthetic and functional and the adjacent teeth have been minimally affected.

The acid-etch bridge as seen from the inside


A bridge supported by inlays in the posterior region:

The pontic is supported by two adjacent gold/porcelain inlays, so reducing the amount of tooth preparation and loss of the adjacent teeth.

Thank you to Dr. A.M Dippenaar for the use of his pictures and information from
– TEETH – An owner’s manual.