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The dental bridge is a tooth replacement that sits exclusively on the teeth. It is a good alternative to the fixed in the jaw bone dental implants. A dental bridge can be used well with individual tooth gaps. While the dental implants are firmly anchored in the jawbone, the dental bridge is attached to the adjacent teeth. Dental bridges consist of either precious metal or ceramic.
A dental bridge improves the aesthetics and the speech and chewing function in case of tooth loss or missing teeth (hypodontia). The basic requirement is sufficient stability of the surrounding abutment teeth and good oral hygiene. If the stability and a sufficient hold in the jaw is not guaranteed, this usually speaks against the use of a dental bridge.
Since each dental bridge is manufactured individually, it must be planned carefully. The dentist checks the status of the surrounding teeth and makes an X-ray of the jaw.
Depending on the complexity of the dental bridge, several sessions are necessary, usually three appointments are sufficient. During the first session, the dentist will remove any existing caries under local anesthesia and make a dental impression in the area of the later dental bridge. Finally, the appropriate tooth color is determined and the dental bridge is made by a dental technician.
After the dentist has checked the fit, the bridge is completed and inserted.
Good and careful care ensures a long shelf life of the dental bridge, which is between 15 and 25 years old. In particular, the transition between bridge and gum is very dependent on care and difficult to achieve in normal dental care. Use special dental floss and interdental brushes to keep these areas clean and talk to your dentist about how to optimally care for your dental bridge.