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Dent Update. 1995 Jun;22(5):190-8.

The use of cantilever bridges.

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  • 1Department of Restorative Dentistry, Dental School, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.


Replacement of missing teeth with fixed bridgework often involves producing full crown retainers on teeth on both sides of an edentulous space. Unfortunately, this approach can result in the destruction of much healthy tooth tissue, and the clinician must balance the benefits of replacing missing teeth with the amount of tooth preparation required. Current thinking in restorative dentistry places the preservation of tooth tissue at a premium, and most practitioners are happy to use techniques that embrace this philosophy. Because of this, cantilever bridges have an increasing role in dental practice, where the replacement for a missing tooth or teeth has one or more abutments on only one side of the edentulous space, being unsupported at the other. Cantilever bridges fall into several types, depending on the number of abutments and types of retainers. This article describes the various cantilever bridge designs, considers the biomechanics of these restorations, and provides guidelines for their clinical use.

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