Dental bridges are a combination of two or more crowns that “bridge” the space between your teeth. This is simpler and more affordable than an implant for each missing tooth. The most common type of dental bridge, a fixed dental bridge, is cemented to adjacent “abutment” teeth so only a dentist can remove it. Fixed dental bridges typically consist of a false tooth fused between two dental crowns. The two crowns are then cemented to the abutment teeth. Although these types of bridges work well as long as the abutment teeth remain healthy, a dental implant supported bridge is a more permanent solution.
An implant supported dental bridge is not reliant on other teeth in your mouth. Instead, dental implants anchor the bridge in place. This strengthens the bridge and reduces stress on your remaining teeth. Implants also make it possible to receive a full-arch dental bridge, which spans an entire set of either your upper or lower teeth. In this way, no remaining teeth are necessary.
Full-arch dental bridges are also fixed permanently in place, only removed by a dentist. They are sturdier and more comfortable than dentures and are easy to care for.
Dental bridges, like dental crowns, can be made from a variety of materials. Our dental laboratory utilizes the latest Computer-Assist-Design/Computer-Assist-Manufacture (CAD CAM) technology to mill full contour bridges from Prettau® Zirconia. Prettau was developed to not only be resistant to chips and fractures, but to also look just like your natural teeth. The material can fuse with custom shades and colors to produce the natural appearance of healthy teeth and gums.
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