Dental Bridges can restore function and aesthetics by replacing the gap with a false tooth using the aid of the tooth/teeth next to it. Dental Bridges prevent your teeth surrounding the gap from drifting out of position.
There are three main designs of Dental Bridges available and your Dental Surgeon at Confidential Clinic will discuss these options with you and advise you which type will best suit your needs.
Resin Bonded Bridges or Maryland Bridges are the most conservative dental bridge to the teeth as they involve little preparation to the supporting teeth. They have metal ‘wings’ either side of the false tooth which are cemented on the back surface of the supporting teeth. The artificial tooth’s shade and shape is matched to your surrounding teeth enabling it to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
Fixed Bridges involve preparing the supporting teeth either side for crowns. The artificial tooth replacing the gap is then fixed between both crowns. Fixed bridges are ideal if you wish to improve the aesthetics of your teeth or existing crown either side of the gap.
Type of materials for Dental Bridges Available:
Zirconia is a particularly strong metal-free material. It is first class in meeting both strength and cosmetic factors. Zirconia is strong enough to withstand forces of mastication so can be used for restorations on both front and back teeth.
EMAX was specifically designed to replicate a natural tooth. It is a composition of lithium disilicate glass ceramic which is translucent, durable and strong and can be used for restorations on both front and back teeth.
All Porcelain crowns are usually used for restorations on front teeth due to their highly aesthetic properties. These crowns have a natural, translucent appearance.
Gradia Crowns are metal-free, strong and have high-wear resistance. As they do not contain metal, they are more naturally aesthetic than bonded metal crowns.
Porcelain Bonded to Metal
These crowns are strong very strong due to the metal substructure yet still aesthetically pleasing as porcelain is bonded to the metal. Porcelain bonded crowns are recommended for patients who have heavy bites due to their robust strength.