A gap in the teeth can appear for various reasons. It can be caused by an accident, tooth decay, or inflammation of the dental root. The tooth gap has not only a negative influence on the smile of a patient, but it may also impair speech and chewing function.
One of the most common ways to close a tooth gap is with a dental bridge. It is a good alternative to dental implants or removable dentures that are firmly anchored in the jawbone. A bridge is a (usually fixed) artificial denture that replaces one or more missing teeth. The adjacent teeth serve as anchors to this prosthesis. Like a road bridge, it spans the gap between the teeth. A dental bridge may be used to close tooth gaps for up to four missing teeth. They are a cost-effective alternative to dental implants.
Dental bridges: The procedure of a treatment
If dental restoration using a bridge is found to be necessary, our experienced dentists will first discuss the procedure with you. They will explain different types of dental bridges, the respective advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as the cost differences.
The dentist will then take your dental impression. Before the prosthesis is installed, the neighboring teeth, which serve as anchors for the bridge, must be ground down. The dentist removes existing caries, tartar, and other imperfections. To guarantee that the bridge framework will hold, our dentist will ensure that the ground teeth are parallel to each other. To achieve this, it may be necessary to add a crown. Next, dental impressions are taken and the custom fitting bridge is created. It usually takes 2-3 dental appointments before the bridge is placed.
Advantages of dental bridges
- Dental bridges are a relatively simple treatment with a high rate of success. Gaps of up to four teeth can be closed with a bridge, aesthetically as well as functionally.
- Saves time. A dental bridge is significantly less time-consuming to manufacture than many other types of prosthesis.
- Good chewing function.Unlike dentures, dental bridges have a reduced impact on the jaw structure, as the chewing pressure does not stress the gums. As a result, the alveolar bone lying under the jawbone is not damaged.
- Good durability.When installed by our experienced dentists, a dental bridge can last up to 20 years.
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