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BRIDGE. A building constructed over a river, creek, or other stream, or ditch or other place, in order to facilitate the passage over the same. 3 Harr. 108.
     2. Bridges are of several kinds, public and private. Public bridges may be divided into, 1st. Those which belong to the public; as state, county, or township bridges, over which all the people have a right to pass, with or without paying toll these are built by public authority at the public expense, either of the state itself, or a district or part of the state.
     3. - 2d. Those which have been built by companies, or at the expense of private individuals, and over Which all the people have a right to pass, on the payment of a toll fixed by law. 3d. Those which have been built by private individuals and which have been dedicated to public uses. 2 East, R. 356; 5 Burr. R. 2594; 2 Bl. R. 685 1 Camp. R. 262, n.; 2 M. & S. 262.
     4. A private bridge is one erected for the use of one or more private persons; such a bridge will not be considered a public bridge, although it may be occasionally used by the public. 12 East, R. 203-4. Vide 7 Pick. R. 844; 11 Pet. R. 539; 7 N. H. Rcp. 59; 1 Pick. R. 432; 4 John. Ch. R. 150.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A dental implant requires a greater financial investment than a removable bridge or conventional denture.
From the structure of the teeth, we go to types of restorations that can be made, such as simple fillings, which can be porcelain, silver, or gold, root canal work, or removal of the pulp, leaving a pulpless tooth; an apicolectomy, or to cut out the end of the root; porcelain jacket work on the anterior teeth and gold crowns on the posterior teeth; pivots, or pivots on a cast base; and extraction and replacements with stationary cement bridges, removable bridges, or movable stationary.
Cavities are more likely to occur on tooth surfaces next to artificial teeth, removable bridges, and orthodontic appliances, which are being more commonly used in adults.