This patient had an existing three-tooth bridge that extended from bicuspid to molar. The front support for the bridge (the bicuspid) had become abscessed and required extraction. Our patient initially requested a new (now longer) bridge. But a longer bridge is weaker, and since this patient has a clenching habit, we felt that it would not last. Dental implants would be a better choice.


The patient took our advice. Two implants replaced the missing teeth. Then, crowns were used to restore her smile and bite. This solution has proven to be very strong, and our patient is happy she decided to improve her bite and smile, both of which are now much more attractive.