Dental Bridges for Teeth
Dental Bridges are used to replace missing teeth and are a Fixed prosthesis as opposed to a removable partial denture (plate).
The bridge is designed with one or more crowns which are attached to teeth that have been prepared with a dental drill.
The missing tooth or teeth are called pontic/pontics and are attached to the crowns.
The classic bridge is a 3 unit bridge because there are 3 teeth involved. Two teeth each side of the missing tooth space are crowned and joined with a pontic.
The bridge is fixed to the teeth with a glue or cement.
Implant Crowns are ideally used to replace missing teeth. However, often there is no bone available and hence the only Fixed prosthesis available is a bridge.
Showcase of recent patient Bridge cases – Before & After
During – Missing teeth lower right & temporary crowns during Full Mouth Reconstruction (Rehabilitation).
Laboratory view of Bridge with keyway shown, located in an implant crown. (Ceramist, Werner Sauer, Brisbane)
Laboratory view of the prepared molar tooth showing occlusal well and groove, keyway and under surface of bridge designed for prevention of food impaction. (Ceramist, Werner Sauer, Brisbane)
Tongue view of finished bridge showing adaption of key into keyway. (Ceramist, Werner Sauer, Brisbane)
Before – The patient’s upper right lateral incisor is pushed forward in a negative manner and her upper left central incisor is chipped and damaged
Before – The patient’s upper right lateral incisor is pushed forward in a negative manner and the right canines do not touch, allowing the front teeth to be chipped and damaged. This is classified as a right Unprotective Bite
During Treatment – The patient’s crooked tooth has been removed to allow a porcelain bridge to cosmetically replace the crooked tooth as there was no space for orthodontic treatment to be effective. This socket was filled with an artificial powdered bone to prevent bone and gum height loss.
Laboratory model showing the missing tooth with adjacent teeth prepared for a Prettau Zirconia bridge and crown. (Ceramist, Werner Sauer, Brisbane)
Laboratory model showing the Prettau Zirconia bridge and crown. Porcelain has built-in colours to appear natural. (Ceramist, Werner Sauer, Brisbane)
After – Completed natural looking Prettau Zirconia bridge and crowns bio-designed in a Protective Forward Bite.
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