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A gap remains when a tooth is lost. This is not only an aesthetic problem. The function is impaired, and the adjoining teeth may move or lean into the gap and leave their proper position in the arch. In order to prevent such a development it is very important to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible. Technologically, a bridge is a high-quality, long-lasting restoration without the need for surgical intervention. It consist of several porcelain jacket crowns that bridge the existing gap and are supported by neighbouring teeth, which serve as abutments.
A bridge is made of bridge members, which replace the missing teeth, and bridge abutments, which are bonded onto the neighbouring teeth to support the bridge. Bridge members and abutments are firmly connected. The abutment teeth are reduced in order to accommodate the bridge abutments and an impression is taken and sent to the dental laboratory. The dental technician manufactures a custom-made bridge to fit the given individual position and ensure a natural look. In a separate session the dentist fixes the bridge using special bonding materials and procedures to produce a long-lasting, fixed, high-quality prosthetic restoration.
The bridge is made of a metal frame coated with ceramic. If only a single tooth gap is being bridged, the bridge can be made metal-free, i.e. of solid ceramic.
- Fixed (as opposed to removable) prosthetic restoration
- Surgical intervention not necessary
- Optimum aesthetics
- Very good hygiene conditions
The most important criterion for determining if a bridge is a suitable solution in your case is the state of the abutment teeth. If they are firmly embedded in the bone and not loose as a result of periodontitis, there is no reason not to make a bridge.
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