20 doctors weighed in:
Is a dental bridge really necessary? Does it prevent shifting, breakage?
20 doctors weighed in

Dr. Maureen Mays
Clinical Lipidology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Probably
Bridges are usually helpful. Ask your dentist to fully explain why.

In brief: Probably
Bridges are usually helpful. Ask your dentist to fully explain why.
Dr. Maureen Mays
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Dr. Bolivar Luperon
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
All depends of how your teeth come together. If the missing tooth was the only one touching the tooth on the opposing arch, yes, the second one will shift.
If there were other teeth touching, it will stay put. In terms of adjacent teeth (the ones next to the space), all depends of how well your upper and lower teeth come together. It is harder to predict that one.

In brief: Depends
All depends of how your teeth come together. If the missing tooth was the only one touching the tooth on the opposing arch, yes, the second one will shift.
If there were other teeth touching, it will stay put. In terms of adjacent teeth (the ones next to the space), all depends of how well your upper and lower teeth come together. It is harder to predict that one.
Dr. Bolivar Luperon
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Dr. Tony Menendez
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Your decision
A dental bridge will stabilize your bite and should prevent shifting.

In brief: Your decision
A dental bridge will stabilize your bite and should prevent shifting.
Dr. Tony Menendez
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes/yes
Tooth replacement of lost teeth is important and yes, it does prevent the anterior tooth from drifting backward, the posterior tooth moving forward, and the opposing tooth from extruding.
That's why retaining natural teeth is important.Also when teeth are lost, the bone level around the area decreases. Don't forget missing teeth can also be replaced w implants!

In brief: Yes/yes
Tooth replacement of lost teeth is important and yes, it does prevent the anterior tooth from drifting backward, the posterior tooth moving forward, and the opposing tooth from extruding.
That's why retaining natural teeth is important.Also when teeth are lost, the bone level around the area decreases. Don't forget missing teeth can also be replaced w implants!
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Dr. Robert Tupac
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and no
Dental "bridges" have many benefits (tooth replacement, better function, esthetics, prevention of tooth movement, etc.
) as long as the bridges are fixed, or cemented. If the "bridge" is removable, the literature is vague whether a removable partial extends the lifespan of the remaining teeth.

In brief: Yes and no
Dental "bridges" have many benefits (tooth replacement, better function, esthetics, prevention of tooth movement, etc.
) as long as the bridges are fixed, or cemented. If the "bridge" is removable, the literature is vague whether a removable partial extends the lifespan of the remaining teeth.
Dr. Robert Tupac
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Dr. Richard Reinitz
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It is important to replace missing teeth to prevent shifting of teeth which can cause problems with your bite and resultant damage to adjacent and opposing teeth.
Another good option are dental implants. Have your dentist evaluate you for both options.

In brief: Yes
It is important to replace missing teeth to prevent shifting of teeth which can cause problems with your bite and resultant damage to adjacent and opposing teeth.
Another good option are dental implants. Have your dentist evaluate you for both options.
Dr. Richard Reinitz
Dr. Richard Reinitz
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Dr. Joseph Greenberg
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
Especially if it is well designed and well made.
Don't shop for price. Look for quality. This is part of your body that you will use every day.

In brief: Yes.
Especially if it is well designed and well made.
Don't shop for price. Look for quality. This is part of your body that you will use every day.
Dr. Joseph Greenberg
Dr. Joseph Greenberg
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Dr. David Ripplinger
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: That Depends
Is it important to you personally to have the missing tooth/teeth replaced? Some people get along fine with a hole.
A bridge or implant does prevent adjacent and opposing teeth from shifting. Teeth naturally shift together to try to fill in a gap. Depending on how many teeth are missing, consider the benefits of a dental bridge, implant, or partial denture and see what fits your lifestyle best.

In brief: That Depends
Is it important to you personally to have the missing tooth/teeth replaced? Some people get along fine with a hole.
A bridge or implant does prevent adjacent and opposing teeth from shifting. Teeth naturally shift together to try to fill in a gap. Depending on how many teeth are missing, consider the benefits of a dental bridge, implant, or partial denture and see what fits your lifestyle best.
Dr. David Ripplinger
Dr. David Ripplinger
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Dr. J BARRY Stovall
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Replacement of missing teeth with a permanent bridge is important to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting

In brief: Yes
Replacement of missing teeth with a permanent bridge is important to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting
Dr. J BARRY Stovall
Dr. J BARRY Stovall
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Dr. Andres Carbunaru
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes and yes
If you have all your teeth, you will be able to chew better (helps the digestion), the moment youloose some of them, the system doesnot work efficientlyand yourremaining teethwill start shifting.
Please get a bridge asap.

In brief: Yes and yes
If you have all your teeth, you will be able to chew better (helps the digestion), the moment youloose some of them, the system doesnot work efficientlyand yourremaining teethwill start shifting.
Please get a bridge asap.
Dr. Andres Carbunaru
Dr. Andres Carbunaru
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Dr. James Vito
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
There are reasons why a dental bridge is recommended.
You should discuss with your dentist the reasons as to why he is making his recommendation and if you still have concerns seek a second opinion to confirm this recommendation.

In brief: Depends
There are reasons why a dental bridge is recommended.
You should discuss with your dentist the reasons as to why he is making his recommendation and if you still have concerns seek a second opinion to confirm this recommendation.
Dr. James Vito
Dr. James Vito
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