Dental bridges or implants are tested, low-risk treatment for substituting missing teeth. When teeth are lost, a gap is created between adjacent teeth. A dental bridge “bridges” the gap between the adjacent teeth.
Teeth bridges are porcelain for aesthetic reasons, but they can also be made from metal or gold.
Your dentist@health will secure the crowns to the teeth on either side of the gap,anchoring the artificial tooth so it fills the space and restores your appearance.
Dental bridges can also be anchored to dental implants if, for some reason, your dentist is unable to anchor it to your natural teeth. Dental implants are the strongest known method to stably secure bridges because it mimics the whole tooth structure including the roots. Dental bridges are indistinguishable form natural teeth and completely restore dental functionality and oral health.
Patients with up to three missing teeth and healthy adjoining teeth are good candidates for bridges. If more teeth are missing, dentures may be a better alternative, but your dentist@health will discuss this with you, and give an expert opinion. Gum disease needs to be treated before dental bridges can be placed.
Implant supported bridges
Because implants are anchored directly in the jawbone, patients who consider implant-supported bridges need to have healthy bone that can support the bridge.
Your dentist@health will do a thorough examination of your bone structure as a side effect of tooth loss is bone degeneration. The examining dentist may use X-rays or CT scans to get an accurate picture of your facial structure.
Teeth bridges are crafted in dental labs, so a second appointment will be required.
If cost is a factor in your decision, discuss it with your dentist as the complexity of the bridge placement has an effect on the costs. Implant-supported bridges are more expensive than crown-supported bridges.
If your dentist advises or needs to do any additional treatment while fixing the bridges, you will be informed as it involves additional cost. Bridges can last a lifetime if you practise good oral health by regular brushing and flossing.
To be better informed, discuss the coverage that your medical aid provides with our practice manager beforehand.