Although dental implants are growing in popularity as a way to restore missing teeth, dental bridges are still an effective and widely used option for patients to bring back functionality and beauty to their smiles. For many decades, metal bridges were the norm, but now with the use of Zirconia as an alternative, many patients are seeking the benefits of non-metal bridges.
Zirconia bridges offer a healthy alternative to traditional metal bridges. Bridges are made up of two anchor teeth on either side of the gap in the mouth. The appliance is attached to these anchor teeth and an artificial tooth in-between works to fill in the gap. In most cases, a portion of the anchor teeth will need to be removed to make room for a dental crown. For cases where just one tooth is missing, Zirconia bridges require less removal of the tooth structure on the anchor teeth, making them a more conservative option.
Zirconia is a metal free, ceramic material that is biocompatible and allergy-tree. Zirconia blends in perfectly with the existing tooth color, making it an aesthetically pleasing and natural looking restoration. Patients will no longer have that unappealing dark line where the metal in the restoration lines up with the gum line. Zirconia is also extremely sturdy and stable, making it a very durable non-metal restoration. It is resistant to turning brittle over the time, lowering the risk of potential fractures.
Bridges do not require any special care. Patients should maintain proper at home oral care, which includes brushing twice and flossing once each day. It is also important to stay up to date on regular dental visits. This allows us our team to make sure the restoration is properly in place and to clean the teeth to prevent a build-up of plaque.
Missing teeth do not have to affect your smile permanently. Through the aid of metal-free restorations like Zirconia dental bridges, patients can have beauty and function restored to their smile. If you are in the Cornelius area, or the Cary area, we have an office near you. Call our nearest office today and learn more about dental bridges. Your brand new smile is just a few visits away.