Skip to content Skip to sidebar Skip to footer

Dental bridges are an effective solution for addressing missing teeth. Whether you have one or multiple missing teeth, dental bridges can fill in the gaps in your smile. A dental bridge typically consists of a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is securely held in place by adjacent teeth on either side of the gap. While pontics can be crafted from various materials, such as gold, porcelain is a common choice due to its ability to blend aesthetically with natural teeth.

Are you the right candidate for “dental bridges”?

Dental bridges are particularly useful in cases of missing teeth, which can be caused by various factors such as tooth decay, gum disease, traumas (injuries or accidents), or congenital conditions resulting in missing teeth from birth.

When might you need a dental bridge?

The functionality of teeth is interconnected, and when a tooth is missing, neighboring teeth may shift to occupy the gap. This can lead to various issues, including:

  1. Biting problems
  2. Chewing difficulties
  3. Pain due to additional stress on the teeth and jaw
  4. Reduced confidence in your appearance or smile

A dental bridge addresses these concerns by filling the gap left by a missing tooth, restoring functionality and enhancing the overall aesthetic of your smile.

Types of “dental bridges” based on support

The four main types of dental bridges are as follows:

  1. Traditional Fixed Bridge:

   Traditional fixed bridges are the most common type. They connect two or more crowns with a filler tooth (pontic) in between. These bridges can be made from various materials such as metal, porcelain fused with metal, or ceramics.

  1. Cantilever Bridge:

   In a cantilever bridge, the pontic is connected to only one abutment tooth. This type of bridge is suitable for individuals who have only one remaining tooth on one side of the gap.

  1. Maryland Dental Bridge:

   Also known as a resin-bonded bridge, the Maryland dental bridge is a suitable option for those missing front teeth. It consists of a bridge made from porcelain fused with metal or ceramic, supported by a framework. Wings on each side of the bridge adapt to the natural teeth.

  1. Implant-Supported Bridge:

   Implant-supported bridges, as the name suggests, are supported by implants. Similar to traditional fixed bridges, they consist of crowns and a filler tooth. However, the key difference is that the bridge is secured by implants rather than being cemented in place.

Types of “dental bridges” based on material

Different materials can be used in the construction of dental bridges, each with its own characteristics and costs:

  1. Metal-Ceramic:

   – Cost: More expensive than metal-acrylic and more affordable than all-ceramic.

   – Composition: Typically consists of a metal framework covered with porcelain.

  1. Zirconia:

   – Composition: The frame is a mix of zirconium oxide capped with porcelain.

  1. All-Ceramic:

   – Cost: Relatively high.

   – Composition: The frame does not include a metal core and is constructed entirely of porcelain. This type is newer but less commonly used due to its cost and reduced strength.

  1. Metal-Acrylic:

   – Characteristics: Economical option but has low endurance.

  1. Metal Bridges:

   – Characteristics: Rarely used nowadays despite their longevity and low cost because of aesthetic concerns. Typically made entirely of metal, often gold.


Several factors can influence the cost of dental bridges, including:

  1. Number of Teeth: The number of teeth needed to fill the gap affects the overall cost.
  2. Materials Used: The choice of materials, such as composite resin, zirconia, or metal alloy covered in resin, can impact the cost.
  3. Placement Complexity: The complexity or difficulty of the placement procedure may affect pricing.
  4. Additional Treatments: If there are other dental issues like gum disease that require additional treatments, it can contribute to the overall cost.

It’s important to note that, due to lower taxes and salaries in Albania, prices are generally more affordable. Feel free to contact us, schedule an appointment, and learn about the prices tailored to your specific condition and the factors mentioned above.

Procedure for “dental bridges”

The process of getting dental bridges typically involves at least two appointments:

  1. Abutment Teeth Preparation:

   – During the first visit, your dentist reshapes the abutment teeth by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. This is done to create space for the placement of crowns.

   – Impressions of your teeth are taken during this visit, and these impressions or scans serve as a model for creating your bridge.

   – While the permanent bridge is being crafted, a temporary bridge is provided for the patient to use.

  1. Permanent Bridge Placement:

   – The second visit involves the placement of the permanent bridge. The temporary bridge is replaced with the permanent one.

   – The dentist carefully checks the bridge, making necessary adjustments to ensure a perfect fit and to avoid any discomfort for the patient.


This two-step process ensures that the dental bridge is custom-fitted, functional, and comfortable for the patient.

Composition of “dental bridges”

Once the orthodontist has determined the diagnosis and decided to address the lack of dental data with a dental bridge, the following steps are typically followed:

  1. Curvature of the Remaining Teeth:

   – After administering anesthesia, the dentist grinds the adjacent teeth to prepare them for the bridge.

  1. Receiving the Mold:

   – Molds are taken from the patient’s mouth to serve as the basis for constructing the dental bridge. These molds are then sent to the dental technician responsible for building the bridge.

  1. Temporary Resin:

   – Temporary bridges may be created based on the diagnostic model. These temporary bridges provide ground support until the permanent bridge is constructed.

  1. Metal Test:

   – Tests are conducted to check if the metal structure of the bridge requires any adjustments or corrections.

  1. Color Test:

   – The color of the patient’s teeth is determined and sent back to the lab to ensure the bridge matches the natural teeth.

  1. Bridge Test:

   – The complete bridge is tested, and any necessary changes are made. The orthodontist sends the dental bridges to the dental technician for final finishing and polishing.

  1. Gluing the Bridge:

   – The abutment teeth are prepared, and the bridge is inserted into the mouth using a special toothpaste.

  1. Subsequent Checks:

   – Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled to ensure that the implant bridges are in place, functioning properly, and to address any issues that may arise.


These steps ensure that the dental bridge is custom-fitted, aesthetically pleasing, and functions effectively for the patient’s needs. Regular checks are essential to maintain the longevity and functionality of the bridge.


Certainly, dental bridges offer several advantages, and here is a list of some key benefits:

  1. Improves Bite:

   – Dental bridges contribute to a proper bite, ensuring that teeth align correctly and function well during chewing.

  1. Prevents Tooth Movement:

   – By filling the gap left by a missing tooth, dental bridges help prevent adjacent teeth from shifting out of their positions.

  1. Restores Chewing and Speaking Abilities:

   – Dental bridges restore the ability to chew and speak effectively, which may be compromised by missing teeth.

  1. Restores Smile:

   – Bridges contribute to the restoration of a complete and aesthetically pleasing smile.

  1. Enhances Facial Aesthetics:

   – The restoration of missing teeth with dental bridges can have positive effects on the overall aesthetics of the face.

  1. Provides Stability:

   – Dental bridges offer stability to the dental arch, promoting a more secure and balanced oral structure.

  1. Affordable with High Quality:

   – Dental bridges are known for their affordability, and in many cases, they provide a cost-effective solution without compromising on quality and a natural appearance.

  1. No Removal for Cleaning:

   – Unlike removable dentures, dental bridges are fixed in place and do not require removal for cleaning. Regular oral hygiene practices are sufficient.

  1. Durable and Cost-Effective:

   – Dental bridges generally have a longer lifespan and are more cost-effective compared to some alternative tooth replacement options.


These advantages make dental bridges a popular and effective choice for addressing tooth loss and restoring oral function and aesthetics.

Prerequisites of “dental bridges”

Certainly, the decision regarding dental bridges involves careful consideration by the dentist, who assesses various factors to determine the most suitable solution. Here are some key considerations and requirements for dental bridge placement:

  1. Presence of Teeth on Both Sides:

   – Dental bridges typically require adjacent teeth on both sides of the gap to provide support for the bridge. These supporting teeth must be strong and healthy.

  1. Healthy and Solid Supporting Teeth:

   – The natural teeth that will support the bridge must be in good health, free from cavities or instability. If a tooth is affected by caries or lacks stability, it may not be suitable as a support for the bridge.

  1. Limitations on the Number of Missing Teeth:

   – Dental bridges are effective for addressing a limited number of consecutive missing teeth. The extent of the gap and the number of teeth to be replaced influence the feasibility of using a bridge.

  1. Absence of Periodontal Disease or Gingivitis:

   – Prior to taking impressions for the bridge, it is crucial that there are no signs of periodontal disease or gingivitis. Any existing gum issues should be treated before proceeding with the placement of the dental bridge.

  1. Maintaining Oral Hygiene:

   – Oral hygiene is a critical factor in the success and longevity of dental bridges. Neglecting oral hygiene practices can compromise the durability of the bridge. Patients are advised to maintain good oral hygiene habits even after getting dental bridges.


Our dental team is dedicated to assisting patients in addressing their dental concerns and providing guidance on the most appropriate solutions, including dental bridge placement. Feel free to reach out for personalized assistance and solutions to your dental needs.

Dental Care for the Whole Family

Italian Office

Via Orfeo

Mazzitelli, Bari

IVA: 08822130723

Albanian Office

Elbasani Street

Tirana, Albania


AncoraThemes © 2024. All Rights Reserved.