Dental bridges: Excellent dental prosthesis solutions
An excellent solution for closing gaps – and what other alternatives there are
If you are missing one or more teeth, a customised dental bridge can be a good solution for a dental prosthesis. The bridge is attached to the healthy teeth on either side of the gap and can be a very natural-looking replacement for the missing tooth or teeth. The abutment teeth, i.e. the teeth support the dental bridge, are precisely filed down in size to ensure a perfect fit. However, if you are reluctant to sacrifice healthy tooth substance, which is inevitable for fitting a dental bridge, there are also tooth-preserving alternatives. The smilin’’ dental practice in Rheinfelden is happy to provide you with detailed information on dental bridges below.
The benefits of a dental bridge
A dental bridge is a permanently fixed dental prosthesis. It offers essentially three major benefits:
- It is an aesthetically excellent solution for replacing a missing tooth.
- The neighbouring teeth are stabilised by the dental bridge. This prevents them from tilting towards the gap.
- The dental bridge ensures proper contact with the tooth in the opposite arch. This prevents it from erupting too far out of its natural position.
Thus bridges offer both aesthetic benefits and oral health benefits. Every new dental bridge is custom-crafted to suit your teeth by our experienced dental technicians in our own in-house master dental lab. It will be indistinguishable in appearance from the surrounding teeth. Your dental bridge can be constructed from extremely high-quality materials that will make it extremely long-lasting and durable.
If gaps between teeth are left untreated over a longer period of time, this will have negative effects: First, the neighbouring teeth will move out of their upright position. They will gradually drift towards the empty space and tilt inwards. Second, the tooth’s counterpart in the arch opposite the untreated gap will over time grow out of its socket and protrude into the space. A bridge inserted between the teeth will ensure that your teeth are not compromised in terms of regularity and balance.
What all dental bridges have in common is that they are designed to close one or more gaps by literally building a “bridge” between healthy teeth. To do so, the dental bridge needs an appropriate support.
Permanent dental bridges are generally fitted to the supporting teeth with fixings that are actually dental crowns. They are subsequently firmly cemented, ensuring the required stability.
- A single-gap bridge replaces one missing tooth.
- A dual-gap bridge consists of two bridge elements and fills the gaps left by two missing teeth.
- Cantilever bridges do not have a second abutment tooth for support, as the gap is at the very end of a row of teeth.
Sometimes a gap is too large to be spanned with a conventional dental bridge because the construction would not be stable enough. In these cases, dental implants can be used as stabilising anchors. Implants are generally also used for cantilever bridges.
After grinding down the abutment teeth we take an accurate impression of your teeth. The bridge is then constructed to your precise specifications in our own in-house laboratory. We are happy to accommodate your wishes with regard to the material used. Especially in the visible areas of their teeth patients generally look for a dental bridge that is perfectly matched to the surrounding teeth. There are a variety of different ceramic solutions available.
After construction of the dental bridge we fit the fixings onto the abutments and secure them. The fixings now serve as anchors for the bridge, while at the same time crowning the abutment teeth, fitting them with new ceramic chewing surfaces. After minor adjustments as necessary the dental bridge is then immediately fully functional.
There are different options available for aesthetically pleasing dental bridges. In our smilin dental practice we prefer high-quality full ceramic bridges, which are made from ceramic material only.
A ceramic-based dental prosthesis has a somewhat translucent appearance, ensuring that it looks almost perfectly natural. That is why this particular material is the best option for preserving your natural smile. Full ceramic bridges are an especially attractive solution for patients who do not want their replacement teeth to contain any trace of metal for health reasons. All ceramic materials for your dental bridge are offered in a wide range of different colour shades. This way, the dental bridge will be sure to precisely match the specific shade of your natural teeth.
Alternatives to dental bridges
In most cases where a dental bridge is an option, an alternative solution is also conceivable: An implant-supported dental prosthesis. Instead of closing a gap with a dental bridge, you might prefer inserting one or more artificial dental crowns. In this case, the dental implants serve as permanent anchors. Basically, they are artificial dental roots that offer a number of advantages:
- Unlike dental bridges, implants do not involve the loss of healthy tooth substance, as it is not necessary to file down the neighbouring teeth.
- The anchor teeth or abutments do not have to bear the additional strain of supporting the dental bridge.
- A dental implant is firmly fused to the jawbone, thereby preserving the jawbone substance. By contrast, a dental bridge will always entail a certain degree of bone resorption, i.e. loss of bone substance.
A dental implant is inserted right into the jawbone. Once it has fused with the bone, the dental prosthesis is firmly screwed in. The high-quality dental crowns that replace your missing teeth in combination with an implant are also custom-made to your needs in our own laboratory.
Replacing the missing tooth or teeth with implant-supported single crowns is not the only option, however. A dental bridge, too, can be attached completely or in part with the aid of dental implants.
Comprehensive consulting services
The dentists at the smilin’’ dental practice in Rheinfelden near Weil am Rhein, Lörrach and Basel are happy to provide detailed information on dental prosthesis solutions such as dental bridges. Simply make an appointment at you convenience by phone or e‑mail.