During a dental bridge restoration, one or more missing teeth are replaced by anchoring a dental bridge to the adjacent teeth.
A replacement or a new bridge restoration will be considered if the tooth to be replaced is located near a tooth gap and no implant-supported tooth restoration is desired or possible.
In addition to a tooth gap, decay, unavailable abutment teeth, chipped veneers, new static conditions, inadequate hygiene and gum problems are other possible reasons for a bridge restoration.
The procedure for a bridge restoration is very similar to the procedure for single crowns restoration. The abutment teeth support the “bridge crowns”. After the impression is taken with a precision material, the bridge will be manufactured in the dental laboratory and fitted into the patient’s mouth after approx. 7 to 10 days.
If everything is in order, the bridge is cemented on the abutment teeth – that will, of course, be protected with a temporary plastic crown during the manufacturing process. Teeth reduction is usually performed under local anesthesia
There are no special risks involved when renewing dental bridges. It is often hard to tell in advance what is hidden under existing crowns/bridges. In the worst case, an optically satisfying oral rehabilitation may not be possible without surgery.
However, this can often be estimated in advance. In addition, there are the usual risks that occur in the case of teeth reduction: sensitivity of the shaved teeth that can lead to a root canal treatment, in the worst case. The gums can temporarily be affected by the preparation process, the impression and restoration. Weak, thin gums may recede.
The usual result is a functional, hygienic and optically ideal replacement of the missing tooth/teeth, according to individual requirements.
A tooth replacement with implants is almost always considered as an alternative. Another option would be leaving the tooth gap as it is, but this can cause changes in the position of adjacent and opposite teeth over a longer period of time. These effects can lead to a functional impairment of the chewing apparatus.