Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are an effective restoration to close a gap left by a missing tooth. Dental tourists can take advantage of Turkey’s cheap dental prices all year round.

A dental bridge is a restoration that emulates a real tooth in a position where the natural tooth is missing by utilising the surrounding teeth as support.

Missing teeth can be unsightly, so dental bridges are one of three ways to restore a tooth. A dental bridge, dental balcony and an implant are restoration techniques.

Dental Bridges Treatment Turkey

Dental bridges are an effective restoration to close a gap left by a missing tooth. Dental tourists can take advantage of Turkey’s cheap dental prices all year round.

What is Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a restoration that emulates a real tooth in a position where the natural tooth is missing by utilising the surrounding teeth as support.

Why is Dental Bridge performed?

Missing teeth can be unsightly, so dental bridges are one of three ways to restore a tooth. A dental bridge, dental balcony and an implant are restoration techniques. A balcony is a restoration that closes the gap much like a bridge; however, only one tooth is used to stabilise the restoration. So where possible, an implant is preferred. The implant post screws into the bone and simulates a tooth root. Making it easy to place the crown on top and the surrounding teeth aren’t affected.

How is Dental Bridge performed?

The two teeth that sit opposite of the missing gap are shaved to a base shape. These teeth and the gap are measured by putting impressions taken by the use of dental putty. The putty hardens and a mould is cast, creating an exact replica of your teeth. A 3 part set of zirconia crowns are designed using CAD/CAM technology. Using the rehearsal method, the doctor can double check functionality and aesthetic design. Once the doctor is happy with these, the bridge is now complete and set in place using a strong dental adhesive.

When is Dental Bridge performed?

A dental bridge is performed when the space between teeth is small and doesn’t require the use of an implant to fix the unsightly missing tooth. When the gap is too large, such as a molar tooth or multiple teeth are missing; an implant may be recommended instead.

What are the differences between Dental Implant and Dental Bridge?

A dental implant requires a maxillofacial surgeon to surgically place an implant post to the bone structure of the jaw in the place that is missing a tooth. A dental bridge uses the surrounding teeth as support to restore a tooth. A dental bridge is non-invasive compared to the implant. A bridge can be made within 3-4 days, whereas an implant can require up to 3 months to heal and integrate properly before loading with a singular crown.

Dental Bridge materials

A dental bridge can be made from PFM or otherwise known as a metal-based porcelain, and zirconia. Dental bridges are not able to be made with emax materials. PFM and zirconia are expected to last 10 years or more but zirconia will have a much better aesthetic.

Types of Dental Bridge

There are 4 types of dental bridges.

The traditional dental bridge uses the support of two surrounding teeth as anchors for a replica tooth in the middle.

Cantilever bridge uses just one of the surrounding teeth as an anchor to support a replica tooth in the missing gap.

The maryland bonded bridge uses two achor teeth like the traditional bridge, however these teeth are not filled. Instead a metal framework is adhered to the back of the anchoring teeth. The strength and lifetime of the bridge depends on the adhesive. The adhesive and metal may discolour the teeth over time.

Implant supported bridge. In larger gaps of 3-4 missing teeth. 2 implant posts can be placed to support a larger bridge. This bridge does require surgery and a healing time of up to 3 months but is incredibly strong.

What are the advantages of Dental Bridge?
  • A dental bridge is an effective restoration method to replace a tooth.
  • The patient can confidently chew with comfort on the bridge vs before when foods would hurt and damage the gingiva (gum).
  • The patient now has an aesthetic solution to a missing tooth, which can boost confidence.
  • Without a dental bridge, the surrounding teeth would slowly spread, trying to close the gap autonomously.
  • Bridges are easily maintained
What are the disadvantages of Dental Bridge?
  • Surrounding teeth are filed and if the bridge is not placed properly, bacteria and plaque can build up and damage the anchoring teeth.
  • Sometimes the anchoring teeth of the bridge are not strong enough or face trauma that breaks the bridge, needing an immediate repair.
How to clean Dental Bridge?

Regular brushing on top and either side of the bridge is sufficient, with regular flossing and mouthwash to displace any plaque or food particles. You can have the dentist examine the bridges once or twice a year along with regular oral hygiene cleans.

How long Dental Bridge treatment take?

Depending on the type of dental bridge, it can take between 3-5 days. If it is an implant supported bridge, then the implants need to be placed and allowed 3 months to heal. Then another 5 days to design and fit the bridge.

Why should you prefer Turkey for Dental Bridge treatment?

Turkey has seen millions of health tourists over the past 10 years for the affordable dental care. Bridges can be considerably cheaper than in western countries.

How to perform zirconium based bridges without metal support?

Both anchor teeth on either side of the missing area must be filed down to a base shape which involves shaving 1mm of natural tooth, to design and fix a zirconia 3 part bridge.

How much does a dental bridge cost in turkey?

The price varies on the recommended or requested dental bridge type. Implants, zirconia, PFM, metal frameworks can be involved so it’s best to choose what is recommended by the dentist.

How long does it take for a bridge to feel normal?

It can take a week or up to a month to get used to the feeling of have a dental bridge installed.

How do you clean a permanent dental bridge?

Patients should use a soft bristled brush 3 times a day with regular flossing and mouthwash. Have your dentist check up on it each time you visit the clinic.

How do you prepare for a bridge?

Patients can expect local anaesthesia to be used while the dentist prepares the anchoring teeth. It can take about 1-2 hours for the first appointment to finish. Impressions are taken using a dental putty and CAD/CAM technology uses your impressions to design a new dental bridge. Once designed, it is painlessly applied with dental adhesive which will last approximately 10 years.

What is better: a bridge or implant?

Bridges are expected to last about 10 years before needing to be replaced. Implants have a lifetime guarantee and preserve the bone structure. If bone loss starts to occur, surrounding teeth can encroach by changing angles and becoming loose. That’s why in the long term, it’s best to have an implant. The crown that sits on the implant is much easier and less expensive to replace should it need replacing after 10 years.

How many teeth can you have on a bridge?

A traditional, Cantilever, and Maryland dental bridge should only cover one missing tooth. Whereas the implant supported bridge can support up to two missing teeth.

Can a dental bridge be removed and Recemented?

A bridge can be replaced if it’s broken, too old, discoloured or fractured. The dentist cuts the dental bridge off and cleans the teeth where the adhesive was. A new dental bridge can be fitted, providing the anchoring teeth are in good condition.

Do I need a bone graft for a bridge?

A bone graft could be needed if the missing area has a divet. It would be best to attain a consistently straight bone structure for aesthetic reasons.

Are dental bridges worth it?

Comparing the cost with the dental bridge lifetime, use, comfortability and aesthetic, a dental bridge can be well worth it.

Why does a doctor prefer bridge over implant?

A doctor may suggest a dental bridge over an implant to save the patient time and money or that an implant is not suitable for the area because the bone structure is too thin, poor quality or that the space between teeth is too small to allow an implant to fit.

Which dental bridge is best?

It depends on the size of the gap. If there is a small gap, a traditional bridge is sufficient. If the gap is a bit larger, the patient can benefit in the long term by having an implant support bridge.

How painful is getting a dental bridge?

Local anaesthesia is used in the dental bridge procedures so now pain is felt and patients can feel relaxed.

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