Dental Bridge Treatment Process
The construction of a bridge requires the preparation of the teeth either side of the edentulous space. Your dentist will shape the adjacent teeth to receive a crown. Afterwards, he will join an artificial tooth called pontic to the crowns and cement the whole bridge on the prepared teeth.
The bridge as a restorative option prevents teeth from moving due to tooth loss. In addition, it restores appearance and function, and supports neighbouring tissues.
We recommend to restore the edentulous space with an implant supported restoration if the adjacent teeth are in perfect condition and position with no fillings, fractures, rotations, or decay.
A dental bridge is often the preferred treatment option for an edentulous space if the teeth on either side are heavily restored or damaged and in need for a crown.
After your dentist has shaped the existing teeth, he will take an either analogue or digital impression of your teeth. Our team will then sent this impression to our own state-of-the-art dental laboratory where highly skilled and trained technicians will professionally fabricate the restoration. Our Dental laboratory is located next to our practice and uses the latest CAD/CAM technology and advanced techniques to construct the dental restorations.
Types of Dental Bridges
Similar to dental crowns, dental bridges can consist of All-Ceramic or Metal-Ceramic material.
Metal-ceramic bridges, or also PFM (porcelain fused to metal) bridges, have a metal sub-structure for reinforcement. The overlaying porcelain is fused over the metal. These are the most traditional and well-studied fixed restorations. Moreover, they offer high aesthetics with superior longevity.
This type of bridge consists entirely out of porcelain (ceramic). Instead of metal it has a type of high-strength ceramic material, usually Zirconia, as a sub-structure. These bridges offer superior aesthetics and under circumstances offer longevity comparable to the PFM crowns.