Whenever you drive across a bridge, you’re being supported by the same principles that support a dental bridge. Crowned teeth on either side of a space are called abutments. They support an artificial tooth, called a pontic. While a bridge lasts for many years, sometimes the strain of supporting one or more missing teeth can cause the abutments themselves to weaken and may lead to more missing teeth.
A BETTER BRIDGEIn many cases, dental implants offer a better alternative, eliminating most of the load-bearing strain you see in traditional bridge abutments. When carefully placed in the bone, an implant mimics the root of a tooth. They bear the load that the natural teeth used to hold, sparing the neighboring teeth from excessive forces. In some cases, two implants may be used to build a bridge.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A porcelain bridge in dentistry is a fixed dental prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of porcelain crowns covering adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.
Porcelain bridges are known for their durability. They are crafted to withstand normal biting and chewing forces, providing long-lasting support for missing teeth.
Porcelain bridges are often preferred for their natural aesthetics. Unlike metal bridges, porcelain bridges blend seamlessly with natural teeth, providing a lifelike appearance.
Yes, alternatives include metal bridges, resin-bonded bridges, and implantsupported restorations. The choice depends on factors like aesthetics, durability, and budget.