Zirconium: The New ‘Gold’ Standard For Dental Bridges?
The phrase “gold standard” has come to mean the best of something. At one time, you could have argued that gold bridges really were the gold standard for dental bridges.
That’s really not the case anymore. Today, you can get all-ceramic bridges that offer clear advantages over gold, other metal, and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) bridges.
And zirconium is one of the best materials you could use to make a dental bridge. Today we will explain why we like zirconium for patients at our dentist office in New Albany, IN.
An Abridged History Of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are an effective way to replace missing teeth and to restore the function of those lost teeth. This helps people continue to eat the foods that they love and to speak naturally as well.
Understandably, people made function a priority in their teeth replacements for centuries. All kinds of materials have been used from stones and seashells to ivory and animal bones.
And for a long time, gold and other metal teeth replacements were used because of their durability. The major drawback was that you now had metal where your teeth should be.
You could not hide the fact that you lost some of your teeth when several of them were made of gold. That could be a conversation starter, but possibly not a conversation you want to have.
And for some unlucky individuals with metal allergies, gold bridges could pose a different problem.
As ceramic making has improved, people discovered that porcelain could be made to match the color and appearance of real teeth. While porcelain could be somewhat fragile (in comparison to gold), porcelain crowns placed on a metal base were an improvement to the cosmetic appearance of dental crowns.
But … the metal base of these crowns could still present a problem for people with metal allergies. And sometimes those bases were visible as a thin line that made a clear distinction between teeth and teeth replacements.
A Step Forward In Restorative Dentistry
Today’s ceramics are stronger and more durable than they have ever been. Zirconium is a great example of these improvements.
Indeed, zirconium dental bridges offer several benefits:
◆ They look natural.
◆ They are strength and durability.
◆ They contain no metal.
◆ They function and feel much like real teeth.
And getting a dental bridge at New Albany Implants is a simple process.
How To Get A Dental Bridge
Unfortunately, the first step is one we hope you can avoid, since getting a dental bridge means you are missing teeth. Accidents, injuries, and poor dental hygiene are a few ways people lose teeth.
If you visit our dentist office in New Albany, we will discuss the benefits and the potential issues that come with getting a dental bridge. We want every patient to be fully informed before making this kind of decision.
We also will need to examine your teeth and jaw to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge. We can place a traditional bridge, or for greater long-term security, you could get an implant-supported dental bridge.
▸ For a traditional dental bridge, we would make an impression, which will assist in crafting a dental bridge that matches the rest of your smile.
For this kind of bridge, we will reduce the size of the teeth on each side of the gap in your smile. These teeth will provide the support for your dental bridge when it is bonded in place.
▸ An implant-supported bridge is another step up in terms of stability. Dental implants were designed to replace the roots of missing teeth.
Implants are placed into your jawbone, and in effect, they anchor your dental bridge in place. Also, we don’t have to do anything to your nearby teeth in order to place an implant-supported dental bridge.
Reclaim Your Smile With A Zirconium Dental Bridge
If you are tired of living with a gap in your smile …
If you want to be able to eat all foods you like once again …
Then you should contact New Albany Implants to schedule a consultation today!