A Porcelain Bridge is a dental bridge that is completely made of porcelain. Porcelain is an excellent material, since it is both extremely strong and cosmetic. Also, technological advances continue to improve the durability of porcelain bridges, allowing them to handle higher biting forces.
Porcelain’s color and translucency closely matches enamel, making porcelain bridges very natural looking. Thus, they are typically used in the front of the mouth because of their magnificent ability to match other natural teeth.
No grey line near the gum line
The other type of bridge (a porcelain-fused-to-metal bridge) has a metal lining inside that can sometimes be seen near the gums, creating a grey line or grey shadow at the gum line. Porcelain bridges do not have a metal inside, so the risk of a grey line is avoided.
Porcelain can chip or break
Porcelain is a strong material but biting forces are extremely high. Thus, pieces of porcelain can potentially chip off from a porcelain bridge. As a result, porcelain bridges are mainly used on front teeth where biting forces are lighter and rarely used on back teeth (like molars) were forces are higher.
Why I wrote these articles on dental bridges:
In my office, bridges are an extremely common procedure to replace missing teeth. Do you remember when you were 15 years old and could not imagine losing a tooth? As we age, losing a tooth may unfortunately become a reality. Whenever a new patient comes to my office missing a tooth or several teeth, I explain the benefits of replacing them as soon as possible. The internet unfortunately offers insufficient information about this subject, and people delay seeing the dentist as a result. So, I decided to write these articles and provide extensive information about the advantages, disadvantages, types, costs, and indications of dental bridges and implants to replace missing teeth. I hope you enjoy the articles. If you have any further questions about bridges or implants or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please feel free to contact us.