It wasn’t too long ago that the most common solution to missing teeth was a set of removable dentures. The image of a set of artificial teeth and gums sitting in a glass of water at night, although familiar to all of us, is becoming more and more a thing of the past.
Your patients now have access to dental implants and implant-supported bridges to restore anything from one tooth to an entire lower and upper arch of teeth. But not every implant bridge is created equal, and material plays a huge role in how the bridge performs over time.
Your patients need their bridge to feel comfortable, look natural, and hold up to the daily wear and tear of their lives. Acrylic is certainly the most popular material, but an implant bridge made from Prettau® Zirconia offers your patients many advantages they won’t experience with any other material.
- Fit & Function of Acrylic Bridges - Acrylic bridges are usually created by pouring liquid acrylic resin into a mold, waiting for the mold to harden, attaching denture teeth to the finished mold, and finally securing the completed bridge to dental implants. Because the bridge itself is composed of two fragile materials, acrylic bridges tend to break over time just from everyday activities like eating or talking. Once the bridge begins to wear down, more stress is put onto the patient’s dental implants and often results in uncomfortable bridge movement or shifting. Added stress on the implants also increases the risk of infection or swelling.
- Fit & Function of Prettau® Zirconia Bridges – Every Prettau® Zirconia bridge is designed to match your patient’s unique smile specifications. Because both the bridge and teeth are precision-milled from one solid block of Prettau® Zirconia, there’s no need for your patient to worry about its structural integrity. Your patient will be left with a full arch of teeth that are designed to be stable, and also provide a supporting structure that reduces the amount of movement and stress their implants are exposed to.
- Durability of Acrylic Bridges – Acrylic is an inexpensive building material, but that just means bridges made from it are more likely to get damaged after being placed. Acrylic bridges with denture teeth are prone to chipping and breaking, requiring your patient to make visit after visit to either replace or repair their bridges. Since acrylic is also a more porous material, it also attracts all sorts of harmful bacteria and plaque, leading to stains and odors. Your patients will also be at greater risk for oral disease from the added bacteria.
- Durability of Prettau® Zirconia Bridges – Prettau® Zirconia may be more costly than acrylic to begin with, but your patients can be rest assured that they won’t have to worry about constant visits to your office to adjust or repair their bridges. Prettau® Zirconia is designed to be stronger than almost any other material, and is much more resistant to chips, cracks, and breaks than acrylic. This space-age material is non-porous, so it is naturally resistant to plaque and the bacteria responsible for halitosis and other oral diseases. This added durability makes them a cinch for your patients to clean as well, all they have to do is brush them like they would their own teeth.
- Appearance of Acrylic Bridges – Acrylic bridges tend to look artificial, due to the material itself and how they’re constructed. Since the gums and teeth are made from two separate materials, there’s often a noticeable difference between the two. Because of its porous nature, acrylic is also far more like to attract stains from the food and beverages your patients consume. These stains will be more likely to “settle” into the bridge and make it more difficult to clean them as well.
- Appearance of Prettau® Zirconia Bridges – Your patient will be involved in the design and creation of their Prettau® Zirconia bridges right from the start. Each bridge is designed using advanced computer-assisted technology, so your patient can create a bridge that fits their mouth perfectly. Once they’ve found a look and fit that works for them, the bridge is then milled, hand-colored and finished to perfectly match the color and appearance of their natural teeth and gums. The finished bridge is one that achieves a comfortable bite and is almost indistinguishable from a healthy, natural set of teeth and gums.
While both bridges end up serving the same function, there is a stark difference in performance and longevity between them. That’s why if you have a patient considering an implant-supported bridge, you need to be sure to give them all the information they need to compare their options and make an informed decision.
When they have a chance to sit down and see the many positive, transformative effects a Prettau® Zirconia bridge can provide them over other bridges, their choice should be crystal clear!
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If you are finding more of your patients are in need of dental implants, from single implants to a full-arch restoration, consider becoming a practice in The Teeth Tomorrow Preferred Provider Network. The network focuses on delivering a screw-retained, full-arch Prettau® Zirconia bridge (backed by multiple peer-reviewed studies) as a final product.