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TITLE:

OVERVIEW OF BRIDGES, DENTURES AND IMPLANTS

AUTHORS:

Alaa Ahmed Akili 1*, Ahmad Saeed Alghamdi 1, Abdullah Hussain Alasmari 2, Zamzam Abdullah Albahrani 3, Rewaa Fadil AlTurkistani 4, Abdulaziz Talal Maleh 4, Mahmoud Adel Slaghour 5, Khulood Khalid Bakhsh 6, Tariq Mohammad Alsaad 7, Abrar Khalid Bakhsh 8, Haytham Awadh Ulhaqban 9, Omar Hisham Baroom 10

ABSTRACT:

Teeth loss is one of the most common health conditions affecting the populations worldwide, and one of the main conditions the dentists see in their clinics. It has negative consequences on patient’s quality of life. It disturbs the ability to articulate, ear, and maintain oral health. For such negative aesthetic, social, and functional consequences, many dental prosthetics have been developed. The three main devices available for teeth replacement are dental bridges, dental implants, and dentures. The choice of which device should be tailored to each patient according to his preferences, health condition, and the advantages and disadvantages of each of these devices. Dental bridges are removable prosthetics used to fill the gap created by the missing teeth. The main disadvantages of bridges are being uncomfortable and that they put forces on abutment teeth compromising its health. The dentures are either complete or partial prothesis used to replace all the missing teeth or a part of them. Though being simple in placement, they are uncomfortable, and they need frequent follow up visits for alignment and adjustment. Dental implants are the most recently used dental appliances for teeth restoration. They are comfortable, stable, need little maintenance, and put no force on adjacent teeth. However, they are expensive, and the surgical procedure carries potential risks and complications. This article aims to review and summarize the different types of dental devices used to replace teeth, and to address their advantages and disadvantages. Keywords: bridges, dental bridges, dentures, dental implants, implants.

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