Are dental bridges possible for patients who have bone loss or weakening from osteoporosis? At what point would this preclude bridge work?
Concerns About Osteoporosis and Getting Bridges
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Bone Loss affect on Bridges
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. As a result the supporting teeth that will hold the bridge need to have a stable bone level. Too much bone loss to one or two of these teeth will decrease the long term prognosis of the entire bridge.
The ideal alternative to a bridge would be a dental Implant. But you do need to discuss with your dentist the potential risk factors if you are taking any medications to counteract the effect of Osteoporosis (i.e. Bisphosphonates such as FOSAMAX).
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