A dental bridge is a type of fixed denture that is used to fill the space left by one or more missing teeth. It consists of two or more artificial teeth, called replacement teeth, which are connected with crowns at the ends. These crowns are attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to serve as abutments for the bridge.
A dental bridge can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, ceramic, cubic zirconia, or a combination of these. Bridges help to restore the function and aesthetics of missing teeth, promote proper facial posture, and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting into the vacant area. Fixed dental bridges are permanent dentures that can only be removed by a dentist.
Dental bridges – price
Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including metals, ceramics, cubic zirconia, or combinations of these materials. The cost of different materials can vary; for example, cubic zirconia bridges are more expensive than metal-ceramic bridges. The price is also influenced by the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the complexity of the case. Costs may be higher if additional procedures are needed, such as root canal treatment, tooth extractions or bone preparation.
How to care for a dental bridge?
In many ways, caring for a dental bridge is similar to caring for natural teeth. Here are some key instructions:
- Regular cleaning: It is important to clean the dental bridge regularly to prevent tartar buildup and the onset of dental disease. Soft toothbrushes and fluoride toothpaste should be used.
- Cleaning between the teeth: Using an interdental brush or dental floss, the spaces under and around the bridge should be cleaned. There are special tools, such as super floss or interdental brushes, which are designed to clean under dental bridges.
- Regular visits to the dentist: Even if you take care of your dental bridge at home, it’s important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for a professional check-up and cleaning.
- A well-balanced diet: Foods that are too hard, sticky or acidic should be avoided as they can damage the bridge. A healthy, balanced diet is important for overall oral health.
- Solution for a worn dental bridge: If a dental bridge is damaged or appears to be loose, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Don’t try to solve the problem yourself as it can lead to more damage.
Dental bridge or implant: How to choose?
The choice between a dental bridge or an implant is highly individual and depends on a number of factors including the patient’s health, aesthetic requirements, financial means, and preferences. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages:
- Can be a quicker solution as they require fewer visits to the dentist and the whole process can be completed in a matter of weeks.
- Are less invasive because they do not require surgery, as is the case with implants. However, when installing them it is necessary to grind adjacent teeth, which can lead to damage.
- The price of a dental bridge is usually lower than the price of implants.
- If necessary, the dental bridge can be removed more easily.
Dental bridges are replaced using special tools that are designed to allow us to gently and carefully lift and remove the bridge without damaging the surrounding teeth. Never attempt this on your own – if a dental bridge is loose or damaged, see us immediately.
Compared to dental bridges, dental implants have several advantages, but also some disadvantages:
- They are a longer term and more durable option. Properly maintained, they can last a lifetime.
- They have a high success rate and can better mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth.
- They do not damage adjacent teeth, as is the case with a bridge.
- The cost of a dental implant is higher and the installation process is longer and may involve a surgical procedure – stomatosurgery.
The choice between these two options should always be based on a detailed consultation with a dentist. Visit our dental clinic in Bratislava – together we will find the ideal solution for your teeth.
Metal-ceramic dental bridges – experiences
A metal-ceramic dental bridge is a type of denture that combines a metal structure covered with a ceramic material. The metal core provides strength and durability, while the ceramic surface gives an aesthetic appearance that resembles real teeth.
Thanks to the combination of these two materials, metal-ceramic bridges are characterized by high strength and long-term durability, and are also suitable for stress areas such as back teeth.
Patients’ experiences with metal-ceramic bridges can vary, but most people report that they are satisfied with their performance and aesthetics. However, there may be some problems, such as the need to grind adjacent teeth to place the bridge, or the possibility that the ceramic layer may lose its aesthetic quality over time.
In any case, it is important to consult with us about all of your options for choosing the best dentures for your individual needs and circumstances. Visit our dental clinic in Bratislava.