Dental bridges are necessary prostheses in case of missing teeth, so that you can return to having a bright smile. It is a prosthesis that can be fixed in two ways. First, we have the option of fixing a dental bridge to natural teeth you still have in your jaw. In the second case, it is us placing a dental implant into your jawbone, then attaching crowns once the implant has fully healed. To understand if you need a dental bridge, just come to us at Singing River Dentistry.
The Materials of the Dental Bridges
The dental bridge is an ideal solution for replacing missing teeth both from an aesthetic and a functional point of view. It can be made with several materials, but the most common are ceramic and zirconium.
Ceramic is the most used and indicated material for the construction of a dental bridge because it is biocompatible and capable of guaranteeing appearance and color very similar to that of natural teeth.
Zirconium, on the other hand, is a much more solid and resistant material than ceramic, but able to guarantee high aesthetics. It is also an excellent material to use in case of metal allergy. It is a translucent material, therefore, able to guarantee an appearance even more similar to that of real teeth. Zirconium is often used in alloys with ceramic.
When is a Dental Bridge Needed?
A ceramic or zirconium dental bridge is a great solution for many individuals to replace their missing teeth, but in order for us to be able to implant it, the presence of natural teeth that act as pillars is required. The teeth that must act as bridge pillars will be filed and shaped so as to allow the fixing of the dental bridge. There are no problems if the teeth on which to fix the bridge have fillings or are damaged. In these cases, it is better, as they would be filing teeth that are still 100% unhealthy. In the event that the abutment teeth are healthy, they can also not be filed using a dental implant. The dental implant would replace the missing tooth without filing or modifying existing neighboring teeth.
Dental Bridge or Dental Implant?
Dental bridge and dental implants are completely different techniques. The first option that we typically talk about is when we bond bridges to your original teeth that are still healthy. Second, we usually refer to surgery where we attach a bridge to your jaw. Your specific needs are going to dictate which is your best option.
The dental bridge is the best choice in these cases: the natural teeth, which should act as pillars have fillings or are damaged; the posts have insufficient stability to support the implant; there is not enough bone to insert a dental implant and you do not want to perform bone regeneration interventions; if you do not want to resort to surgery and if there are low percentages of osseointegration of dental implants.
In any case, if you have any doubts about what to choose, you can call us at 256-712-3549 and make an appointment with us at Singing River Dentistry so that we can discuss the best choice for you.