If one or several teeth are missing, they can be replaced by bridges. This type of dental restoration stabilizes the remaining natural teeth and ensures a beautiful, gap-free smile.
Thanks to the new technologies and materials, it has become possible to fabricate all ceramic bridges without a dark metal core or margin. Zirconium oxide is the material of choice for frameworks, as zirconium oxide is biocompatible, translucent and exceptionally strong.
A zirconium oxide fixed bridge replaces missing teeth by using the surrounding teeth as a foundation. This creates a literal “bridge” between the remaining teeth and the missing teeth.
Zirconium oxide is a great product because it can be shaped to replicate original teeth and fit comfortably within the established bite pattern. It is also very durable, will withstand most natural tooth functions, and can vividly mimic tooth enamel with its glass-like whiteness and translucence, which allows light to penetrate and scatter as it does with natural organic teeth.
The dentist will examine your teeth and gums and ask you a series of questions before deciding whether you are suitable for a bridge.
If you are suitable then the procedure is in two stages as follows:
The dentist will prepare your teeth for the bridge. This preparation involves cleaning and reshaping the tooth so that it is in a good condition for the bridge. This may mean removing a sliver of the tooth so that it will be a perfect fit.
What is important is the condition of the teeth either side of the gap in your teeth. These will be acting as a support for the bridge so it is vital that they are healthy and free from decay. If they are not then they will require some work before you are fitted for a bridge.
Following this, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth with a mould. This is a container filled with dental putty which is used by a dental laboratory as a blueprint for the production of your bridge.
The idea is that this mould is used to produce a model of your teeth which ensures that you receive a bridge which fits exactly within your mouth.
You will have been fitted with a temporary bridge whilst your new bridge is being fabricated. This will usually be for two to three weeks.
You will be notified once your new bridge is ready.
The dentist will fit the new bridge into your mouth and will check the fit, appearance and position. He or she will want to be certain that it is comfortable, fits well and that you are pleased with the result.
Once this has been agreed the bridge is then secured in place with dental cement.
Maintaining a zirconium oxide bridge is actually quite simple. Treat your bridge in the same manner as you would original teeth, with routine brushing with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and regular flossing.
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