(Replace Missing Teeth)
Dental bridges are one of the most commonly used methods to close gaps where teeth are missing. (The other one is dental implants.) Bridges are glued to the teeth on each side of the gap and are a long term non-removable solution. If you are wondering if dental bridges are suitable for you or if you are wondering about the treatment process and prices, please continue reading.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are manufactured from “zirconium” material that gives similar color as the natural teeth. The teeth on the right and left of the missing tooth are filed and the dental bridge is glued to these filed teeth. These materials perfectly fit your teeth and you can use your dental crowns in the chewing process normally like your other teeth. Thus, you can easily eat, drink, brush, speak and smile without any weird look with dental bridges.
What Are The Differences Between Dental Crowns and Bridges?
A dental bridge is formed by attached two or more dental crowns together. In summary, if there is only one tooth to be treated and there is no missing tooth, it benefits from a dental crown. However, in cases where one or more teeth are missing, dental bridges are used. For example, if a single tooth is missing, the teeth on the right and left of this tooth are filed down and a bridge with 3 teeth is made. (You can think of it like fusing 3 dental crowns.) You can get more information about Dental Crowns & Full Veneers.
What Is Better A Dental Bridge or Implant?
The dental bridge treatment is applying a bridge to the teeth gap by making the teeth on the left and right sides of the missing teeth smaller. This treatment method is recommended when implant treatment is not an option for the patient. Because reducing the size of the teeth on the right and left side of the missing teeth is not something recommended. However, a dental bridge has a high success rate with satisfactory results in aesthetic and functional terms.
When you have missing teeth, we don’t want to reduce the size of the sound teeth on the left and right sides of the missing teeth. We can eliminate these missing teeth without file down your sound teeth with dental implant treatment.
But in some cases patients are not suitable for dental implant treatment and we have to make dental bridges to fill the tooth gaps. Or the patient may not want a surgical procedure. If the patient’s jaw bone quality is not very good or an additional surgical treatment (such as sinus lifting, bone grafting) is required, the implant option can be abandoned and bridge treatment can be chosen. Because these additional surgical procedures will both increase the cost of the treatment and prolong the duration of the treatment. In addition, the patient often does not want an additional surgical procedure.
For implant treatment, the patient must visit our clinic 2 times with an interval of 3 months. (The first is to place implants in the jaw bone, the second is to make dental crowns on the implants.) Dental bridge treatment is a treatment that ends in 4 days, it takes less time.
Dental Bridge Types
Bridge treatments in dentistry are very diverse. Your dentist will offer you the most suitable dental bridge option for you. To briefly describe these types of treatment;
Implant Supported Dental Bridge
As the name suggests, dental implants are used instead of teeth in implant-supported bridges. It is a very suitable treatment option for patients who have lost their teeth for any reason and do not want to use removable dentures. In general, 1 dental implant is placed instead of 2 missing teeth. After the implants are placed, there is a recovery period of 3 months. After this healing period, dental bridge is prepared and glued to the implants.
Zirconium Porcelain Dental Bridge
They are obtained by adding porcelain to the zirconium material, which stands out with its durability. For patients who want a more natural look, adding porcelain is an advantage. This type of bridges can be used safely in the missing of teeth in the anterior region because they are very aesthetic.
Monolithic Zirconium Dental Bridge
Monolithic zirconium is the production of the bridge without adding porcelain on the zirconium material. this is usually suitable for patients with clenching (teeth grinding). Because monolithic zirconium is a very strong material and very resistant to breakage. It can also be used for patients with long tooth gaps. Sometimes patients do not want a transparent appearance in their teeth, in these cases it is advantageous to use monolithic zirconium without the addition of porcelain.
Cantilever Dental Bridge
In this type of bridge, there should be only one missing tooth. It is also important that the missing tooth does not take too much force in the mouth. The tooth next to the missing tooth is filed down and a 2-unit bridge is prepared.
Maryland Dental Bridge (Resin-Bonded Bridge)
It is suitable for situations where the missing tooth in the mouth does not receive much force. (such as lower incisors or upper lateral incisors) It is made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramic teeth supported by a frame. The wings on both sides of the bridge are attached to the back of the teeth to the right and left of the missing tooth.
Metal Fused Porcelain Dental Bridge
The biggest advantage of these bridges, which are created by adding porcelain on a metal, is that their prices are affordable. But they are not aesthetically pleasing. It is not recommended for use in the anterior regions. In addition, metal reflection on the gingiva may occur within a few years and the gingival margin may appear gray-purple.
What Are The Advantages of Dental Bridges?
Due to their advantages, dental bridges are frequently used in the treatment of missing teeth. If we talk about these advantages;
What Are The Disadvantages of Dental Bridges?
Although dental bridges come to the fore with their cost-effectiveness and short completion time, they also have some disadvantages.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
You can use dental bridges for 15 years on average. With proper oral care, this period can increase to 25 years.
Dental Bridges made in Snowdrop Premium Dental Turkey have a 5 year guarantee and free Snowdrop after care service.
How To Care For Your Dental Bridge?
In a way, it is in your hands how long the life of the teeth inserted during the bridge treatment you have made to replace the missing teeth will be. If you want to extend this period, you need to give due importance to dental bridge care and oral and dental care in general. Here’s how you can maintain the dental bridge to use it for longer periods of time.
Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth to fix the replacement teeth. These backing notes need to be kept clean. Therefore, more attention should be paid to the cleaning of these areas.
In general, for oral and dental hygiene, you should brush your teeth at least twice and use dental floss and mouthwashes to support brushing.
With toothbrushes with smaller tooth heads, food particles left under the bridge teeth should be cleaned. Or this cleaning should be carried out with water flossers.
Paying attention to the care and hygiene of bridge teeth will prevent bacteria that can settle around and under these teeth. In this way, the risk of infection will be eliminated. When bacteria settle under or between the abutment teeth, these bacteria are difficult to remove with a toothbrush or dental floss. In this case, cavities occur in the area where the bridge teeth are located. For this reason, the areas where dental bridges are located should be cleaned very carefully and meticulously on a regular basis.
How Much Do Dental Bridges Cost?
Many different factors are taken into account when determining dental bridge prices. These factors are:
How many missing teeth will be treated with dental bridge treatment?
The general condition, experience and quality of the dentist or dental polyclinic you will receive treatment
Which bridge treatment will be preferred for dental bridge treatment?
Other treatments in addition to dental bridge treatment
Dental bridge prices are determined by considering the items listed above and other factors. For this reason, you should consult specialist dentists to get exact prices.
America is probably the most expensive country for dental treatments. In the US, having a dental bridge can cost an average of $6000.
While this figure is 4500 € in European countries, it is 3600 £ in the UK.
In our clinic, dental bridge prices (including laboratory fee and temporary teeth) start from £435.
For dental bridges and other dental treatment prices, please visit our prices page.
Most Common Dental Treatments
Modern Dentistry At Affordable Prices… All dental treatments are available in our clinic. The most popular of these treatments are listed below;
Your smile is the first thing people notice when they meet you. The smile makeover is unique to the person.
Teeth bonding is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. Dental composite materials are used teeth bonding.
For treating missing teeth in the mouth we can use dental implants. The best way of implants; restore your lost aesthetics and function.
Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers are the first set of choices available when it comes to cosmetic dentistry today.