What is a Bridge or Dental Bridge?

The bridge is a dental prosthesis consisting of several crowns called "bridge", it is used for patients who are missing one or more teeth. However, to place a bridge, you need a support (abutment tooth or a screw) on which it is fixed.

The different types of bridges:

  • The fixed bridge : IIt can replace more than one tooth and will be attached to the two adjacent healthy and strong teeth, called abutment teeth, which will serve as a support for the crowns.
  • The fixed bridge with implant: It replaces several missing teeth, with two implants as a support on which the bridge will be fixed.
  • The hybrid bridge: is fixed on the two neighbouring teeth: on one side a metal wing comes to rest on the hidden face of the first abutment tooth and on the other side the second abutment tooth will serve as a support to fix a crown.
  • The butterfly bridge: It rarely replaces more than one or two teeth. It is fixed to the neighbouring teeth with the help of two metal wings glued to the hidden surface of the teeth.
  • The Californian bridge: The Californian bridge settles with the help of inlay. Only a small part of the two abutment teeth will be cut to fix the two inlays and thus place the bridge.

The lifespan of a bridge can range from twenty years to an entire life, depending on the quality of the materials used, the competence of the dentist, and also the bucco-dental hygiene of the patient. It is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride and to consult your dentist once or twice a year.

What Are the Advantages of the Dental Bridge?

From an aesthetic point of view, the dental bridge is excellent since the shade and shape are adapted to the patient's natural teeth, it will harmonize perfectly with the rest of the dentition. From a functional point of view, the bridge can replace several teeth. For this, it is sufficient that the adjacent teeth are healthy enough and it will be quite possible to have a bridge with several teeth. It will also be suitable if implant placement is not technically possible.

Finally, from a financial point of view, it is still a very good choice compared with the implant. The dental bridge dental bridge is more accessible compared to the prices of dental implants.

What is the difference between a bridge and a dental implant?

The dental bridge and the implant are the two most used treatments to replace one or more missing teeth. The installation of the bridge is done more quickly than the implant because there is no osseointegration phase to follow. On the other hand, it requires milling healthy adjacent teeth. The dental implant, on the other hand, is a more durable solution and allows to preserve the bone capital thanks to the abutment which serves as an artificial root. It is an isolated treatment that unlike the bridge does not need abutment teeth to be placed. Therefore, the adjacent teeth remain intact.

Choosing between bridge and implant treatment will therefore depend on a number of factors: the cost of treatment, the speed of treatment, the aesthetic and functional aspects of treatment, and the feasibility of treatment, particularly in terms of bone and root quality.

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