Should a gap between the teeth which is caused by a tooth loss occur, it can be closed by means of a bridge construction. To make a bridge, teeth either side of a gap due to missing teeth are ground and used as so-called bridge pillars; they are used for the attachment of an intermediate tooth. This can be manufactured from veneered tooth-coloured metal or can be all ceramic. Dental bridges can also be worn when implants are present. When gaps occur in healthy teeth, implant prosthetics are considered a sensible and simple alternative, since it means that the neighbouring teeth remain intact.

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When does a dental bridge make sense?

What material is a bridge made of?

Bridges are made of all-ceramic, zirconium dioxide, gold or a nonprecious metal alloy (NMA). When the NEM bridge is coated with a fired ceramic material, we call it a veneered ceramic bridge.

Bridge frameworks made of zirconium dioxide (in jargon sometimes also wrongly called zircon) and all-ceramic frameworks are milled under computer control from a ceramic block and coated with a special ceramic material.

Dental bridges – what does the health insurance cover?

As for the bridge materials, statutory health insurance will only cover the cost of nonprecious metal alloys (NMA) and front ceramic veneers in the upper jaw to the 5th tooth and in the lower jaw to the 4th tooth.