Dental treatment in Budapest – Dental bridges

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There are a lot of reasons why we lose our teeth. It can be aging, accidents or due to illness. Whatever the reason is, these factors will have a negative impact on your daily lives. You can not enjoy your favorite foods, lose your confident look, your cheerfulness, and your natural smile. if your teeth are rstored. In case of missing teeth a dental bridge is available in a short period of time at reasonable costs.

What causes shortage of teeth?

  • Missing front teeth cause problems to bite, decrease the number of edible foods and chewing of food is becoming more and more problematic.
  • No matter in which part of your teeth you have shortage, you smile less.
  • The extensive lack of the back molar teeth creates a half-sided chewing, with a heavy load on the jaw joints.
  • Chewing of food will not be sufficient, resulting in digestive disturbances.
  • Gums without teeth are much more defective so gum inflammation can easily develop, which can cause further tooth loss.
  • The remaining teeth near the shortage will also move away, lean towards the shortage and their restoration is possible by only orthodontics.
  • Under the gums without teeth, the jawbone will start to deteriorate and will be significantly weakened.

What are the options to choose from when replacing one or more missing teeth?

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Our dentists always recommend solutions to you in the spirit of maximizing your health, goals, comfort, safety and aesthetics.

Bridges on your natural teeth

A bridge can be applied if you have a tooth gap, but the adjacent teeth are healthy. In this case the teeth next to the gap are ground down and serve as pillars for the bridge. It is a 3 item bridge, made of 3 crowns and bridging one tooth gap. Traditional dental bridges can be applied to bigger tooth gaps where two or even three teeth are missing. In this case the bridge can be 4 or 5 items long, but the number of pillars is always two. They are at both ends of the tooth gap and the bridges are fixed to the pillars. It is also possible to have bridges of 6 or more items, but in this case there must be a pillar, that is a tooth in the middle area of the tooth gap.

In the case of extensive tooth loss involving several teeth next to each other, our dentists recommend the use of monolithic zirconium or porcelain zirconium bridges to the frontal area. These metal-free bridges are individually made, their colors match the color and shape of your natural teeth. The difference between natural teeth and the bridge units is practically zero, unnoticeable.

If you have teeth loss at the molar region it is highly likely that you will be recommended a bridge of a porcelain fused to metal crowns. It is better for molar teeth because it is more flexible than zirconium and it better stands the load of chewing. It is also an aesthetic solution however not so perfect as zirconium or porcelain but it functions perfect at the molar region. If you want a Hollywood smile makeover it might be possible, that your molar region is also provided with zirconium dental bridges but it takes a thorough medical examination.

Bridges also need proper oral care, proper oral hygiene and regular cleaning and regular 12 months dental checkups just like your real teeth.

Zirconium bridges top and bottom after cosmetic treatment
Zirconium bridges top and bottom after cosmetic treatment

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Bridges on normal tooth are applied when implantation is not possible.

Conditions when implantation is not possible:

  • If you are a heavy smoker.
  • If you are under the age of 14.
  • If you are suffering from cancer.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Severe diabetes.
  • Insufficient bone.

Advantages of a traditional dental bridge on natural teeth:

  • A quick and easy solution within a couple of days.
  • Maximizes the shape and color of the missing teeth
  • Improves aesthetics and function as well

If you opt for a dental bridge on the natural teeth then it an be carried out in one 3-5 day visit to Budapest. When the pillar teeth are prepared then you get temporary crowns to protect the teeth until you get your final bridge.

Types of dental bridges

Traditional dental bridges

A traditional dental bridge is a common and conventional method for replacing missing teeth. They are supported at both ends with natural pillar teeth.

Cantilever Bridge

A cantilever bridge is a type of dental bridge that is supported on only one side by one or more  teeth.

It is typically used when there is only one adjacent tooth next to the space where the missing tooth or teeth are. It is applied for back teeth.

The bridge is anchored to the adjacent tooth or teeth on one side, and the pontic (false tooth) is suspended over the gap.

Maryland Bridge

A Maryland bridge, also known as a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland-bonded bridge, is a conservative alternative to traditional bridges.

Instead of using crowns on the adjacent teeth for support, a Maryland bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth.

The pontic is then attached to the framework and spans the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth.

Maryland bridges are often used in situations where the adjacent teeth are healthy and don’t require significant alteration. It is applied for front teeth. It is not a stable solution it is rather for aesthetics.

In summary, dental bridges serve the purpose of replacing missing teeth, but they differ in the way they are supported and anchored in the mouth. The choice between a traditional, cantilever and a Maryland bridge depends on the specific dental situation and the condition of the adjacent teeth.

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Implant-based bridges

This is the most effective, best and most popular procedure for replacing missing teeth. It can be used in places where there is no healthy teeth which could serve as pillars for the bridge. The implant itself makes a stable pillar on both sides of the bridge. It is more stable, durable and less problematic than bridges fixed to natural teeth. Moreover longer teeth gaps can be replaced with implant based solutions. 

It is an important rule that a bridge can be either supported by natuaral teeth or implants. It can not be mixed, that is not possible to to have a bridge whic is partly supported by impalants screws and natural teeth. The simple reason is that implants do not move in th emouth but natural teeth do.

Advantages of a bridge on dental implants:

  • Do not need to grind down intact healthy teeth for pillars. Healthy teeth remain intact for a long time.
  • Replacement will remain stable for 40 to 50 years but lifetime is not unusual either.
  • It gives the same load to the bone as a natural tooth so the jaw bone does not does not weaken.
  • Provides the bridge with maximum stability.
  • The screw (pillar of the bridge) does not move, keeps its position in the jaw bone lifetime.
  • Chewing ability is guaranteed for decades, and the implanted tooth can withstand the toughest morsels.

According to our dentists and patients the implant based bridges are the most reliable, durable and highest value-for-money solutions in case of more than 1 missing teeth.

If you go for an implant retained or bridge, then it takes two visits to Budapest. In the first 2-3 day visit the dental screws (pillars) are installed and then after the recovery time, which is 3-6 months you can return for the final bridge. To make you the final bridge is between 4-5 work days. In the recovery period you can have a temporary partial denture to restore chewing ability and aesthetics.

The cost of a dental bridge supported supported implants is higher than traditional bridges, just like the lifespan. So, it is a kind of investment in your dental health.

You can read more about crowns, that are the building stones of bridges, here.

You can read more about the pillars of implant based bridges here.

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