When considering the replacement of a tooth, we all know that bridges or implants are commonly done. However, it is often possible to save tooth structure by doing inlay-supported bridges where implants are not done. Figure 16 shows an inlay-supported bridge. An inlay-supported bridge can also be done with gold inlay. I have found these bridges to be successful and preserve considerable tooth structure. Full-coverage bridges often fail since decay occurs along the margin(s) of crowns. An inlay offers less opportunity for this, with minimal margin area along the gingival aspect.
Fig.1 : Distilization of second bicuspid for a bridge.
Fig.2 : Inlay supported bridge with porcelain coverage.