A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal, a Nickel alloy with carcinogenic and DNA altering properties, as discussed elsewhere in this web site.
At THE HOME OF BIOLOGICAL DENTISTRY, We always use the latest technology, so we can also give you Ceramic bridges. We replace the metal alloy with Zirconia or a truly aesthetic and most importantly, biocompatibe bridge
Zirconium fixed bridges are now most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. They consist of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space of missing teeth.
Maintain facial shape.
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Restore chewing and speaking ability.
Restore your smile.
Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
Alternative to an implant when an implant is not an option.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to Mr Johan Havenga, our professional Master Technician. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for a week until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally we may only temporarily cement the bridge, to allow your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing under the bridge and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.