Zirconium dental bridge

Ponte dentale in zirconio

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthesis for replacing one or more missing teeth. It consists of several capsules joined together, some of which are placed on the natural teeth (pillars) to support the bridge that replaces the missing teeth.
The dental bridge can replace one or more teeth; the shortest bridge is the one that replaces a single missing tooth.
The abutments can be artificial roots or the natural teeth next to the missing tooth. In the first case we speak of a dental bridge on implants, and in the second case of a dental bridge resting on natural teeth. The natural teeth have to be shaped, i.e. filed down, in order to create space for inserting and fixing the dental bridge.

When to use a dental bridge

A zirconium dental bridge is an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth, but to be able to use it, natural teeth must be present to act as abutments. These need to be shaped to allow the dental bridge to be attached. If these teeth have fillings or are damaged, the dental bridge is an excellent solution because you would be filing down teeth that are not 100% healthy anyway.

If the supporting teeth are healthy, however, in order to avoid filing them down, the most suitable alternative solution is a dental implant, which would replace the missing tooth without filing down or modifying the existing neighbouring teeth.

Fixed dental bridge materials: zirconium-ceramic

Ceramic is an excellent material for making dental restorations, both because it ensures a very similar appearance to natural teeth and because it is extremely biocompatible.
A zirconium-ceramic dental bridge guarantees very high strength and excellent aesthetics.
This is because zirconium is a very solid material characterised by greater resistance to occlusal loads and is extremely biocompatible. In addition, its translucency allows it to come very close to the appearance of natural teeth, giving it unparalleled aesthetics.

Dental bridge or implants?

Dental bridges and implants are completely different techniques. In the first case we are talking about the application of a fixed prosthesis that is cemented onto the natural teeth, in the second case we are talking about a real surgical intervention in which an external element is integrated into our body.
The choice between the two solutions should be made according to the needs and characteristics of the patient.
We can conclude by saying that the dental zirconium bridge can be a good solution:
– if the natural teeth that should serve as abutments have fillings or are damaged;

– if the abutments have sufficient stability to withstand occlusal forces;

– if there is insufficient bone to place a dental implant and the patient does not want to resort to bone regeneration;

– if the patient does not want to use dental implants to avoid surgery;

– if the patient’s general health conditions reduce the osseointegration rates of dental implants.