What Is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is a dental restoration consisting of two or more joined crowns. Tooth loss causes changes to the remaining alveolar bone (residual ridge resorption) and to the teeth surrounding the toothless gap.
Teeth have the tendency to move and lean into the toothless gap, thus ruining the physiological occlusion, face structure, smile appearance and efficient mastication.
One of the solutions for restoring one or more missing teeth is placing dental bridges. Unlike dentures, bridges are cemented onto reduced teeth and cannot be removed.
The crucial prerequisite for bridge placement is the health of the patient’s teeth, which will serve as bridge carriers.
Rehabilitation of the upper jaw using a metal-ceramic bridge – after endodontic treatment and tooth extraction, prosthetic fiber posts are placed and a metal-ceramic bridge is fixed onto them.
Benefits of bridges compared to dentures:
- Closely fixed onto reduced teeth (no looseness or possibility of moving)
- Masticatory forces focused onto teeth, rather than the surrounding tissues
- No speech impairment as they are limited to the space naturally occupied by teeth
- The taste and feel of food are preserved (the restoration does not cover the palate)
- The patient adapts to the restoration quickly
- Reduced teeth are protected from tooth decay
- Outstanding esthetic effect
- Extremely comfortable, like having your own teeth
- All functions (speech, mastication, esthetics) stay intact