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Hi, my 4 tooth bridge recently broke. I had the bridge for about 15 years . The 2 teeth carrying the bridge cracked and broke at gum level. I had the 2 broken teeth removed and a bonded tooth cut off that was joined from the bridge to the eye tooth. I now have a 5 tooth denture. It's on the upperjaw. The 5 teeth run from an incisor to the pre molar . Can i get a 7 tooth bridge or would i need to have at least 1 implant. I hope you can advise me on what i would need.
Regards Clint Galtrey

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A 7-tooth bridge will put a lot of stress on the teeth holding the bridge and will not survive for a long period of time. Your options would be either a removable partial denture or having implants and bridge over those implants.

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Mohamed Elsafi, DDS, MS, FACP

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I am a board-certified Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. I do head and neck prosthetic reconstruction for patients with congenital and acquired defects. This also includes trauma and cancer patients. I can answer questions about prosthetic rehabilitation of the head and neck area. I am also a board-certified prosthodontist and can answer questions about dental reconstruction including crowns, bridges, veneers, partial and complete dentures and implant restorations. I can also answer questions about TMJ problems. I can not answer about surgical reconstruction.

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I am a board-certified prosthodontist and maxillofacial prosthodontist and have been practicing denitstry for over 15 years.

Organizations
American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. American College of Prosthodontists.

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I received my dental degree from University of Southern California. I did my prosthodontics residency at University of Florida and my maxillofacial prosthetics fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Awards and Honors
Chief Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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