What is a dental bridge?
If you are missing one or more teeth, you can fill the empty space with a dental bridge or dental implant. A dental bridge is a prosthetic restoration that we use to make up for a lost tooth, and that relies on the remaining surrounding abutment teeth.
In the “Cvjetković” office, we have been successfully making dental bridges for many years, making your smiles irresistible. We are familiar with numerous functional and aesthetic criteria in achieving a perfect smile, as well as with the properties of the material. We implement our knowledge and software designs and precision computerized machines on the way to the end result. Don’t worry, your bridges made with us will be beautiful, natural and long-lasting.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
The real question is actually – why do I need to make up for lost teeth?
First of all, it is necessary to restore the correct chewing function. If you happen to have lost one tooth, you probably felt a lack and a gap present immediately after extraction. Over time, you get used to chewing on the other side, which is not good for a long period of time. The nearest teeth move and curve into an empty space, which puts them in danger of improper bite and the formation of periodontal pockets. A dental bridge or dental implant effectively prevents later collapse in the area of the missing tooth.
A dental bridge will give you back a smile and proper speech if the missing tooth is in an aesthetic region.
Of course, all these and even greater benefits are provided by the installation of a dental implant.
The dental bridge is sometimes performed in the presence of periodontal disease of the teeth in order to stabilize them and prolong their lifespan.
Which is better – a dental bridge or a dental implant?
In most situations, a dental implant is a better solution compared to a dental bridge, but it is necessary to have the adequate conditions for implant placement. To make the bridge, the nearest teeth must be ground, which is not the case with a dental implant (the nearest teeth remain undamaged). By installing a dental implant, we prevent further resorption of the bone, while the dental bridge only compensates for the tooth, but we do not prevent the resorption of the jawbone. Certainly in situations where it is not possible to install an implant, it is always better to make a dental bridge than to leave an empty space.
Dental bridge – price
In order to form a price, it is necessary for our team of experts to examine you in order to give you guidelines in the direction of the best solution for you. There are many factors that determine the price of a dental bridge. The price mostly depends on the number of crowns that make up the bridge and the type of material used for the dental bridge.
If it is necessary to prepare the gums in advance in terms of treating periodontitis or leveling / shaping the edges of the gums, the price of a dental bridge is higher. Also, possible dental treatment and the need for an upgrade increase the overall cost.
How do I maintain a dental bridge?
Regular hygiene is the key, and here’s what you need to do to make your bridge last longer.
Oral hygiene in itself is very important, especially for those who have this type of fixed fees. From this we can conclude that those who have one or more dental crown or dental bridge must pay equal or even greater attention to oral hygiene than people with healthy teeth.
Of course, the dentist must instruct you in the maintenance of dental crowns and bridges, because their longevity also depends on the hygiene itself.
Often patients who have had crowns or bridges installed think that their teeth are permanently protected and will never break down again.
This can by no means be true, because the teeth under the crowns are still susceptible to caries, and since in this case they are even more difficult to follow and maintain, they also need more intensive hygiene.
Therefore, all areas, all the edges of the crowns and the spaces between the teeth, should be thoroughly cleaned with a brush. As for the means of oral hygiene, a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash are enough, and an interdental brush – a thin brush for cleaning the interdental spaces – will come in handy. This brush is especially important if you have a dental bridge, because only this brush can clean the most delicate interdental spaces.