Hello and welcome to another August edition of the New Albany Implants blog!
Today, we want to reach out to anyone who has been adversely impacted by tooth loss as an adult. What we want to say to you is that, you may be able to take back your life with a dental bridge.
In our Southern Indiana dentist’s office, we have seen dental bridges take folks from an embarrassing state to a confident place. That’s why today we want to address some common questions. Keep reading and then be sure to follow up with Dr. Ron and the rest of our team to schedule your consultation.
When Would You Need To Get A Dental Bridge?
Like we said, dental bridges are used to replace a lost tooth or teeth.
When there are teeth missing, in time, the neighboring teeth will shift around and move into the space previously occupied by the lost tooth. This can affect how well you can bite and chew your food, and it won’t look pretty either.
But there is some good news! A dental bridge can fill in that gap and provide the support that once came from your missing tooth or teeth.
This restorative solution can help keep your teeth where they belong and will restore the appearance of your smile. Honestly, it will probably look better than it has in years.
What Keeps A Dental Bridge Secure?
Well, the answer depends on whether you have a traditional bridge or an implant-supported bridge.
With a traditional bridge, you have two types of crowns. The abutment crowns are on the outside, and these serve as the anchor points for your dental bridge. The crown or crowns in the middle of the bridge are called pontics.
You will have one pontic for each missing tooth, which means a traditional bridge will have two more crowns than the number of teeth that you are missing.
With an implant-supported bridge, we would place dental implants in your jaw instead of reshaping teeth to support the abutment crowns.
You would have one crown for each missing tooth. The number of implants would vary with the size of the bridge, which could include two or more dental crowns.
Are Zirconium Bridges Better Than The Rest?
We think so. What sets this type of bridge apart from the others is that it is made from Zirconium oxide, a strong form of dental ceramic.
This substance is compatible with the human body. Which means that your body should not have any negative reactions to a bridge made of this material. There is no metal used in a zirconia bridge, therefore it is a perfect choice for those with metal allergies. Besides that it will be durable, better-looking, and longer-lasting than the other options.
Still, we should point out that, as with everything, there are a few disadvantages to the zirconia bridge.
Cost can be an issue as it is more expensive than more traditional types of bridges. Another disadvantage of zirconia bridges is the surface of the crown can become rough and rub against your natural teeth. This can cause the crowns to wear and become less effective.
We believe the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages of the zirconia bridges. But the only way to properly weigh the pros and cons is to schedule your evaluation with our New Albany Implants team.
You Make The Call!