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What is a Dental Bridge?
A fixed dental prosthesis used to fill up the gap between at least two teeth. Which are being fitted with a crown is known as a dental bridge. Dental bridges should be used to bridge gaps between teeth, where teeth is actually missing and in cases where the tooth stump is present. While making a denture, covering existing tooth stumps with a bridge might result in the loss of the tooth over a period of time. In restorative dentistry, sometimes even an overhanging bridge is made, where the tooth missing after two neighbouring teeth, whose crowns are being re-constructed. Such an over-hanging dental prosthesis only works when placed away from the jaw joint, where the chewing pressures are lesser. Moreover, a dental bridge does not work in longer sequences, as the denture teeth are exposed to high pressures and might result in the loss of a tooth. Depending on the material used, a dental bridge can be a gold bridge, ceramic bridge or zirconium bridge. While in some cases a bridge can be a combination as well, such as a gold ceramic bridge. The durability of a bridge is, however, dependent on the accuracy and placement procedure and not on the material used. Nowadays, in restorative dentistry the focus is moving towards a more realistic dental bridge and dentists are giving an artificial root to the fixed dental prosthesis to make it more durable. Watch the video to know more about the fixed dental prosthesis called a bridge.
Produced: 01/2011