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What are the disadvantages of a dental bridge?

I am a 34 year old female and I will get a dental bridge. What are the disadvantages of a dental bridge?

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The disadvantage is you need to use a floss threader to be able to floss in between teeth. It is either a fixed bridge or implant if you want something permanent to replace a missing tooth.
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The main disadvantages of the dental bridge are that in many cases a number of healthy teeth need to be drilled to act as an abutment to hold the bridge in place. The act of drilling healthy teeth can result in damage to the nerve which may need root canal treatment in the future. Also depending on the design of the bridge, it can be difficult to clean underneath increasing the risk of gum problems
It really depends on the reason for the bridge and who is providing the treatment, the location of the bridge and your underlying dental risk factors. With your young age, it is important to consider all of the above prior to making a decision for a bridge. The most common disadvantage of a bridge over a say a dental implant is generally the damage that has to be done to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth(teeth). The teeth on either side of the space (where the missing tooth is located) have to be prepared (cut down or drilled on) to provide support for the bridge. It can also be important to consider the location of the bridge - say a front tooth or back tooth. There can be a lot of disadvantages, and a comprehensive assessment of your current dental conditions and risk factors should be done to make sure you are getting the best treatment for your oral health
The only one I can think of is cleaning under it may take a bit longer...

Dr. Reno