What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridge or dental bridge treatment is the process of filling the gaps in the natural tooth alignment with ceramic-containing crowns supported by other teeth. The same materials are used and they go through the same production process.
How is a dental bridge made?
In bridge applications, the first and last crowns are applied on the teeth at the beginning and end, and crowns are placed in the space between these teeth in an order adjacent to these crowns. The fixations at the beginning and end can be applied to the reduced support teeth, or they can be applied with implants.
For the production of the dental bridge, the necessary preparations are completed on the support teeth or implants, the mouth impression is taken and sent to the laboratory. A temporary dental bridge is placed in the patient's mouth to be used for one week until the permanent bridge is produced. After rehearsal, the completed bridge is permanently bonded onto the teeth or implants.
Which materials are used in dental bridge construction?
The disadvantages of metal substructure in modern dentistry, such as corrosion properties and additional space thickness in restorations, have led researchers to search for metal-free ceramics.
In recent years, ceramic-based full porcelain crowns that offer the same durability to the teeth are preferred instead of metal-supported crowns. As a result of research, no other material has been able to replace porcelain, i.e. ceramic, in terms of light transmittance and compatibility with soft tissues.
Zirconium-based ceramics, which are considered more durable than other ceramic types, are successful in terms of tissue compatibility and are preferred in multiple coatings, and are among the materials frequently used in bridge construction.
Who can have a dental bridge? Bridge or Implant?
Dental bridge treatment is evaluated both according to the patient's preference and according to the suitability of the oral-bone structure and systemic health. If the patient's oral and jaw bone structure or soft tissue structure is not suitable for implant placement, bridge treatment is recommended for these patients.
Is there any pain during treatment?
Reduction of the natural tooth, i.e. preparation, is performed under local anesthesia and is painless. If you have any concerns, you can contact our doctors for a free consultation and alternative anesthetic interventions.
Is there any pain after the treatment?
If natural teeth without root canal treatment are used as bridge support, it should always be accepted as a possibility that some teeth may be sensitive to cold for the first few days after tooth reduction, i.e. preparation, after the anesthesia wears off. This is not a complication, but an adaptation process and is temporary.
What should be considered after dental bridge treatment?
There are some important points that the patient should pay attention to after dental bridge treatment. It is very important to clean the dental bridges in order not to accumulate food and plaque on the teeth. If the support teeth and prosthetic teeth are not cleaned regularly, tooth decay and gum problems may occur.
The bridge, like other crowns and teeth, should be brushed at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. The spaces between the teeth should also be cleaned; interface brushes can be used for this purpose.
You should avoid chewing very hard foods that can damage the dental bridge. For example, the shells of walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. should not be broken. If you grind your teeth while sleeping, protect your crowns and natural teeth from excessive pressure and ask your dentist for an occlusal splint for the night. Have your teeth, crowns and bridges checked by your dentist twice a year and have them professionally cleaned.
Are dental bridges permanent?
Dental bridges are permanent as long as oral care and dental check-ups are performed regularly. The compatibility of the bridges with the surrounding tissues also supports this process.
The old bridge that is not compatible with the gums and teeth or has lost its harmony over time may need to be removed and rebuilt. Therefore, it is important that it is applied by an experienced dentist. Contact the Aesthway family for a dental bridge service!