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Bridge Dentiste Divonne

1. What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is a fixed prosthesis that replaces one or more missing teeth. It rests on a solid tooth on either side of the gap. It is also recommended when a cavity has reached the root or in the case of a broken tooth with root fracture. In order to fix the bridge properly, it is sometimes necessary to devitalize and trim the healthy teeth on which it rests. 

For very specific and therefore restricted applications, there are other types of bridge such as the extension bridge (cantilever) or the glued bridge (Maryland).

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a bridge?

  • Benefits

    • good solution if contraindication for the installation of an implant (diabetes not treated, addiction difficult to control, blood circulation disorders ...)

    • the treatment is non-invasive and there is no risk of rejection

  • Disadvantages

    • the adjacent teeth sacrificed, 

    • with the bridge resting on the gum,

      • the phenomenon of bone loss between the two teeth,

      • the gum recession phenomenon,

      • the loosening of the other teeth,

      • the chewing forces are taken up by the adjacent teeth.

3. Placing a ceramic bridge

The intervention requires between 2 to 3 appointments. 

  • During the first appointment, the dentist will perform a complete oral check-up in order to define the best dental rehabilitation technique.

  • During the intervention, the dentist will perform

    • anaesthesia of the teeth affected by the operation in order to numb them,

    • the devitalization of each of the teeth,

    • the size of the teeth to make the bases on which the bridge will rest,

    • an impression will be taken and sent to the laboratory to prepare the denture,

    • the placement of a temporary bridge.

  • At the last appointment, fixation of the definitive prosthesis 

4. How to maintain and preserve your bridge?

Bridges must be checked very regularly

  • to detect a possible beginning of decay at the anchors.

  • to detect a possible suffering of the supporting teeth due to the increase of the forces at their level.

It is important to have an impeccable dental hygiene in particular:

  • brushing twice a day for two minutes

  • cleaning the bridge with a toothbrush and/or dental floss

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  • Bone graft

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