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Definition of Bridge

Bridge: A set of one or more false teeth supported by a metal framework, used to replace one or more missing teeth.

Bridges may be fixed or removable. A fixed bridge (a partial denture) is a prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth; it is cemented (or otherwise attached) to the neighboring teeth or may be implanted in the space. A removable bridge (partial denture) is a prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth on a framework that can be removed by the wearer.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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