With dental bridges we can replace one or more missing teeth by permanently joining an artificial tooth to other teeth or dental implants. It is made usually of a fake tooth fixed on the two nearby crowns, anchored to the two neighboring teeth that are filed. The bridge is made of the same material as the dental crowns.
Dental bridges in metal-ceramic
When we use metal-ceramic dental bridges, the ceramic is bonded to the metal base. bridges and crowns made of this material are commonly used in the field of dental prosthesis because of it’s characteristics and benefits:
- the reasonable price;
- the excellent strength and durability features;
- aesthetic aspect – the metal base provides stability and resistance to the teeth, while the ceramic imitates the shape and the color of the teeth;
Dental bridges in zirconia
A dental bridge made of zirconia-ceramic guarantees a high resistance and improved aesthetic impact. A zirconia bridge is different in that it is produced from Zirconium oxide – a tough form of dental ceramic which is also compatible with the body. This means that the body will not reject or react in a negative way to the bridge.
- a very solid material that can offer high resistance;
- extremely biocompatible;
- A zirconia bridge has a translucent appearance and matches with the rest of the teeth;
What to choose
The choice between metal-ceramic dental bridge and dental bridge in zirconia is made above all in consideration of the needs and characteristics of the patient.
The dental bridge in zirconia can be a good solution:
- if natural teeth that should act as pillars have fillings or are damaged;
- if the pillars have enough stability to support occlusal forces;
- if there is not enough bone for a dental implant and the patient does not want to submit to bone regeneration interventions;
- if the patient does not want to use dental implants or wants to avoid surgery;
- if the patient’s general health conditions reduce the chance of successful osseointegration of dental implants;