Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Restore your smile
Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
Maintain the shape of your face
Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
A full gold crown is made of cast gold, dental corrections done with gold are the strongest and longest lasting.
Most people now days are concerned with the looks, for this reason people prefer other methods over gold. Most dentist themself prefer to use gold on thier own teeth
knowing that they will serve well for several decades. Cast gold crowns have no match with regard to long-term
service and minimal wear to opposing teeth, their greatest advantage. They may ultimately fail because of predictable wear of the metal through to
underlying tooth structure and because of recurrent caries (decay).
Selecting a bridge to be made from gold is a personal choice, however, at Legends Family Dental we may recommend it, especially if you exhibit heavy wear patterns on your teeth.
Porcelain fused to zirconia (PFZ) crowns and bridges can serve as a CAD/CAM alternative to the traditional porcelain fused to metal (PFM) restorations. At Legends Family Dental one of our highest recommendations we offer is PFZ crowns and bridges, as one of the options for fixed prosthetics. When porcelain is layered over zironica substructure, you get an incredibly strong (1200 Mpa and higher) prosthetic with lifelike translucency. These durable and attractive bridges and crowns are suitable for both anterior and posterior restorations.
A zirconia bridge is considered a top quality type of bridge which is stronger, durable and visually appealing as compared to other types of bridges.
It is often preferred to metal ceramic bridges in that it causes less tooth sensitivity and with no sign of the dreaded grey line around the edge of the gums. For many people this is a downside of wearing a bridge.
But one way of avoiding that is to choose an all ceramic bridge or the highly rated zirconia bridge instead.
What is a zirconia bridge?
A dental bridge is a structure in which a false tooth and two crowns are attached to a metal base which acts as a replacement for missing teeth.
The false tooth sits in the gap and is flanked by the two crowns which fit over the natural teeth on each side of the gap. In other words, it ‘bridges’ the gap in your teeth.
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.
This is a problem with metal based bridges as there are people who have an allergy to the metals used in the bridge.
A zirconia bridge has a translucent appearance and is an ideal match with the rest of your teeth.
Advantages of a zirconia bridge
The main advantages are a strong, stable and great looking bridge which blends in well with the rest of your teeth. Plus the material used to fabricate this bridge is ‘biocompatible’ which means that is kind to living tissue within your body and will not cause any ill effects, e.g. an allergic reaction.
Less preparation is needed which refers to the process you undergo before the crown is fitted. Your dentist reshapes the tooth, removing a tiny sliver which enables a better fit between crown and tooth. But minimal tooth reduction is required for a zirconia crown.
Plus there is no metal base within this bridge which means no ugly looking black line at the edge of the gums which is a common feature of metal ceramic bridges. This is good news from an aesthetic point of view as many people prefer to wear a bridge whose crowns closely match the colour of their natural teeth.