Advantages & Disadvantages


Other Information



What are the main advantages of the FRC bridges against

other replacement treatment options?

·         Cost effective treatment option: Half the cost of conventional bridge work.

·         Less drilling.

·         Very little preparation on the anchor teeth.

·          Single appointment procedure.

·         If required, the structure can be easily repaired or remodelled.

        ·         Immediate – no waiting for the final prosthesis

·         Reversible. – as no damage is done to the anchor teeth, the fibre can be removed and

other treatment options can follow.


What are the disadvantages of the FRC bridges?

·         Longer appointments necessary – as the teeth are built up directly in the mouth. To

·         compensate for this, frequent breaks should be provided by the operating dentist.


·         Staining of the composite materials is the main disadvantage. Regular polishing by the

dentist or oral hygienist is recommended. In severe cases the composite replacement

tooth may need a fresh layer of white filling material to get rid of the staining.


·         Rubber dam isolation in the mouth

·         Smoking ,tea, coffee, red wine and certain foods can cause staining of the white filling material.

·         The normal 6 monthly check-up routine will ensure proper maintenance of the FRC

bridge by your dentist or oral hygienist.


·         Daily maintenance of the bridges is very important. You should be able to remove all

accumulating plaque from the bridge, especially in the area of the replacement tooth or

teeth. Inter-dental cleaning brushes such as the different coloured “TePe brushes” or

special floss called “Super Floss” should be used every time you clean your teeth. Your

dentists and oral hygienist should demontrate to you how to maintain you FRC bridge.