Dental bridges are prosthetic constructions that can be used to replace one or more lost teeth. As with dental crowns, a dental bridge can also be placed on either natural teeth or dental implant.

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When do you need a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is actually a series of dental crowns joined in one prosthetic appliance. If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, we can replace them with a dental bridge.

Like any bridge, a dental bridge also has to propped against on some supportsTeeth can be used for that, as well as dental implants, which are in the long term a better solution.

In addition to compensating for lost teeth, we sometimes install a dental bridge for fixation of unstable teeth (so-called periodontal splint).

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Placement of a dental bridge on existing teeth

Although it has been practiced for many years, the placement of a dental bridge on existing teeth has a lot of shortcomings and is increasingly falling out of use.

Maximum preservation of the health of existing teeth

Namely, modern dentistry aims to preserve natural teeth as long as possible. No prosthetic work is as high-quality, comfortable, beautiful and durable as a healthy tooth.

However, in order to place a dental bridge on existing teeth, it is necessary to reduce two adjacent, healthy teeth.

We have to shape them into supports for the dental bridge construction. It is opposite to the viewpoint of maintaining dental tissue for as long as possible and minimally invasive dentistry.

To that extent, the installation of a dental bridge on existing teeth is somewhat of an obsolete method.

Mantaining bone vitality and volume

Also, if a dental bridge rests on two adjacent teeth, its durability will depend on the longevity of its supports.

Namely, natural tooth roots or dental implants, stimulate maintaining vitality of the alveolar bone. If we just bridge the empty spot, the  bone in that spot will slowly lose shape and volume.

This can lead to instability and looseness of the teeth that served as supports for the dental bridge. If they loosen or cavities appear, the bridge will lose stability and will have to be replaced.

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Placing a dental bridge on existing teeth

There are serious disadvantages to be taken into consideration before a decision is made to place a dental bridge on existing teeth.

The placement of a dental bridge on existing teeth is in many aspects identical to the placement of a dental crown, but there are also differences.

Step 1: Shaping a bridge abutment

Shaving the teeth on which the dental bridge will rest

Step 2: Dental impression

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Step 3: Making a dental bridge

Step 4: Try-in and permanent fixation of the dental bridge

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Emax dental bridge is no different from natural teeth

If you are missing several teeth in a row, a dental bridge is the ideal solution for such a lack of teeth.

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Placing a dental bridge on dental implants

As mentioned earlier, a dental bridge can also be placed on an artificial tooth root: a dental implant.

This method has a number of advantages in the long run:

However, when placing a dental bridge on dental implants should be met.

The installation of dental implants is always an invasive procedure that requires along recovery period. If, in addition, it is necessary to rebuild the jawbone, this can additionally prolong the recovery and increase the price of installation.

Although it is a more expensive and invasive solution that requires longer recovery, the installation of a dental bridge on dental implants preserves dental health of the patient and is therefore a more cost-effective solution in the long run.

The procedure of placing a dental bridge on dental implants

This procedure begins by installing dental implants, after which the bone should be allowed to fuse to the implant. Detailed information on the installation of dental implants can be found under the category “Dental implants”.

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A graphic representation of placing a dental bridge on dental implants

Most patients will need to have two dental implants places for a dental bridge.

In case of a toothless jaw, when a single prosthesis needs to replace all teeth, we placel 4 to 6 dental implants.

It is a special type of dental bridge called “All-on-4”. Find out more about this implant-prosthetic solution on our website: “All-on-4, a dental bridge on implants”.

After the placement of implants, the recovery period lasts for 3 to 6 months. During this period, you may wear a provisional dental bridge that will not only cover up the lack of teeth, but you will also be able to chew with it.

Step 1: Taking a digital impression

Step 2: Making a dental bridge

Step 3: Try-in and permanent fixation of the dental bridge

Lifespan and maintenance of the dental bridge

All prostheses have a certain lifespan. The material and construction of prostheses usually last at least 5 to 7 years. This is usually how long the warranty for a prosthesis lasts as well.

However, if properly maintained and used as recommended, a prosthesis can last much longer, even up to 20 years!

It is therefore worthwhile to put an extra effort into their maintenance and act on the following advice:

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