'A bridge too far'—the negative impact of a bridge prosthesis on gingival health and its conservative management

A Gopakumar, E L Boyle
British Dental Journal 2013, 215 (6): 273-6
Bridges are commonly used to replace missing teeth. Periodontal health may, however, be compromised by ill-fitting margins and excess cement. This case report describes the conservative management of chronic gingival inflammation adjacent to the resin-bonded retainers of an anterior bridge by gingival remodelling via a removable prosthesis. This avoided the need for surgical intervention and re-established a suitable gingival profile before placement of a definitive cantilever resin-bonded bridge.

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