819 Mt. Tabor Road New Albany, IN 47150

Zirconium Bridges

Zirconia Bridges explained…

You may ask yourself, what is a zirconium bridge and why would I choose this? A zirconium bridge is designed in the same manner as other types of dental bridges. However, there are many advantages to choosing this type of bridge when compared.

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 are people who have an allergy to metals used in other types of bridges. There is no metal used in a zirconia bridge, therefore it is a perfect choice for those with metal allergies.

Are there other advantages to having zirconia bridgework? Of course. Let’s focus on those for a moment.

  • Strength
  • Stability
  • Aesthetics
  • Less preparation
    • Minimal tooth reduction is needed to ensure a good fit of the zirconia bridgework
  • Less sensitivity

What is involved in the fitting process? It is the same as fitting any other type of bridge. We will discuss all of the pros and cons of the procedure with you at your visit. If found to be a good candidate for zirconia bridges and you choose this procedure, we will continue with treatment and prepare your teeth for the bridge. We will need x-rays and an impression of the affected teeth. We will also perform a tooth reduction, where we will trim the teeth with a small drill to allow the crowns to fit properly over the existing teeth.

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. The important factor in this is that you should not shop by price alone when choosing a type of dental bridge. It is important that you look at all of your options and weigh the pros and cons carefully before making any decisions. We want you to love your smile. 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.

While making your decision about the type of bridgework you would like to have. Imagine yourself, your new smile, having less tooth sensitivity, needing less tooth preparation for the procedure, and a more natural look to your bridgework. We believe the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages of the zirconia bridges. Call us today for a consultation!