bridge·​work ˈbrij-ˌwərk How to pronounce bridgework (audio)
: dental bridges
also : prosthodontics concerned with the construction of dental bridges

Examples of bridgework in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a different span of I-10 in Tempe, westbound traffic will be narrowed to three lanes between Broadway Road and State Route 143 and 48th Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridgework as part of the I-10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project. Adam Terro, The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2022 The plate and the bridges are made from nickel silver, highlighted by the bridgework of the regulating organ made from polished gold. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 The ever-so-slight Nilla Wafer taste is not worth risking your bridgework. cleveland, 9 July 2021 The water flosser is effective, yet gentle, cleaning not only your gums and between your teeth, but also around bridgework, braces, and caps. Jennifer Signorelli, Chron, 28 June 2021 In mid-March, bridgework on U.S.-12 is expected to start by reducing eastbound and westbound traffic from four lanes to two lanes and shifting traffic onto one of the bridges while the other is repaired. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 25 Feb. 2020 Prescott Dentistry was supposed to provide Hills with bridgework and a set of crowns last year. Robert Anglen, azcentral, 30 Jan. 2020 As part of Stalin's campaign to suppress the truth, she was taken to the Soviet Union and sentenced to 10 years in a gulag, six of them in solitary confinement, for assisting with Hitler's bridgework. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, 21 May 2018 The Soviets compared the corpse's teeth, which contained conspicuous and unusual prostheses and bridgework, with descriptions provided by the dental assistant Kathe Heusermann. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, 21 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bridgework was in 1883

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“Bridgework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


bridge·​work -ˌwərk How to pronounce bridgework (audio)
: dental bridges
also : prosthodontics concerned with their construction
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