Zirconia Dental Bridges
Dr. Amy of Excellence Dental is now accepting patients for Ceramic Zirconia bridges. Zirconia bridges are widely regarded as a top quality type of bridge that is stronger, durable and visually appealing in comparison to standard types of bridges.
Zirconia bridges are often preferred to typical metal bridges because they cause much less tooth sensitivity and leave no sign of the dreaded gray line around the edge of the gums. For most people these are the unfortunate issues of wearing a bridge.
What is a Zirconia Bridge ?
A dental bridge is a structure in which a false tooth and two crowns are affixed to a metal base which functions as a replacement for missing teeth.
The false tooth rests in the gap and is flanked by the two crowns which fit over the natural teeth on each side of the gap. Simply put, it ‘bridges’ the gap in your teeth.
A zirconia bridge is unique in that it is produced from Zirconium oxide – a tough form of dental ceramic that is also compatible with the body. This means that the body will not reject or react in a negative way to a zirconia bridge.
This is undoubtedly a problem with metal based bridges as there are many people who have an allergy to the metals used in bridges.
A zirconia bridge has a translucent appearance and is a perfect match with the rest of your teeth.
Advantages of a Zirconia Bridge
The main advantages of a zirconia bridge is a stable, strong, and great looking bridge which in turn blends in nicely with the rest of your teeth. Additionally, the material used to fabricate this bridge is biocompatible– which means that it is compatible with the living tissue within your body and will not cause any ill effects, e.g. an allergic reaction.
Additionally, there is no metal base within this bridge. This means that there will be no ugly looking black line at the edge of the gums– a common feature of metal bridges. From an aesthetic point of view, this is extremely good news as many people prefer to wear a bridge whose crowns closely match the color of their natural teeth.
Disadvantages of A Zirconia Bridge
You may be wondering, are there any disadvantages of this type of bridge?
Cost is one issue. Zirconia bridges may be more expensive than the typical metal bridge. You should shop around to find both the most suitable and affordable option for you. However, do not be guided by price alone as it is important that you choose a bridge which is best suited to your teeth.
How is a Zirconia Bridge Fitted ?
The process for fitting is the same as for any other type of bridge. Dr. Amy will assess the current state of your teeth prior to discussing the pros and cons of treatment with you.
If you are considered a good candidate for a zirconia bridge then Dr. Amy will prepare your teeth for this type of bridge. The preparation stage is part one of a two stage procedure which includes taking an impression of the affected teeth along with supporting x-rays.
This stage also includes what is known as ‘tooth reduction’ in which the dentist will trim the affected teeth with a small drill, allowing the crowns to fit over the top.
All of these functions are utilized in the fabrication of your zirconia bridge. They are sent to a dental laboratory that creates your bridge over a period of two to three weeks.
During this time period you will be assigned a temporary bridge to wear. You will return for the fitting once your bridge has been made. Dr. Amy will fit the new bridge and ensure that it is a correct fit before cementing it into place. At that point she will then advise you on best practices for looking after your bridge.
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