Simply the Best Solution to Missing Teeth

Prettau® Dental Bridges Pittsburgh


Pretty brunette woman with brown eyes and a pleasant smile.Dental implants aren’t exactly a recent innovation; they’ve actually been in use in the dental field since the early 1960s. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, approximately three million people in the U.S. have dental implants, and another 500,000 Americans are expected to receive them every year. Since their inception, they’ve become the gold standard of teeth replacement options, and advancements in materials, techniques, and technologies have led to better and better dental implant choices, culminating in the Prettau® dental bridge.

Dr. Dominic Sabatini is proud to offer the Prettau® dental bridge to patients in Pittsburgh and North Huntington. This all-zirconia dental implant option offers a number of advantages over other implant-supported prosthetics. If you are missing any of your natural teeth and would like to learn more about this extraordinary breakthrough in implant dentistry, please contact The Smile Artist today.

The Prettau® Difference

The Prettau® dental bridge was developed in Italy in the late 1990s and was finally introduced onto the U.S. market in 2012. Dr. Sabatini is one of the few elite dentists in the nation who has the necessary training and experience to offer this revolutionary prosthetic.  He trained with Dr. Michael Tischler, the nation’s foremost expert on the Prettau® bridge, and uses Dr. Tischler’s lab to fabricate his patients’ custom-designed zirconia bridges.

This particular restoration consists of two principal components:

  • The implant posts: During the surgical placement of the dental implants, Dr. Sabatini inserts biocompatible titanium posts into the jaw bone. Over the next three months, these posts fuse with the surrounding bone tissue and become integrated parts of the jaw, just like a natural tooth root. During this time, patients wear an acrylic provisional (or temporary) bridge, so that they’re never without a full set of teeth.
  • The zirconia bridge: The Prettau® dental bridge provides the natural-looking, highly durable and stain-resistant replacements for missing teeth. Both the teeth and the gum portions of the bridge are constructed from zirconia, providing unmatched strength and esthetics.  Once the bridge is attached to the dental implants, it will remain securely in place, restoring form, function, and health to the patient’s mouth, potentially for a lifetime.

The Zirconia Advantage: Strength and Esthetics

For the last decade or so, dentists have preferred dental porcelain restorations over zirconia restorations, especially for the teeth that show when a patient smiles. Zirconia had a distinctly opaque look; while its unparalleled level of strength and chip-resistance made it an ideal choice for crowning the back teeth, it often had to be overlaid with porcelain to achieve the desired level of translucence for front teeth.

However, recent innovations in tinting and glazing techniques have made it possible to produce zirconia restorations that are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. The Prettau® dental bridge is constructed entirely from monolithic zirconia, offering two incredible advantages over other dental materials:

  • Unrivaled strength and durability: Zirconia will not break, fracture, or chip. You simply cannot find a stronger dental restorative material than zirconia.
  • Resistance to staining: Your Prettau® dental bridge will look as beautiful and natural ten years from now as it does on the day it’s placed.

In addition, unlike acrylic, the material most often used for implant-secured dentures, zirconia does not attract plaque, meaning you will enjoy better oral health.

Learn More about the Prettau® Implant Bridge

If you are missing any of your natural teeth, you owe it to yourself to explore the possibilities of the Prettau® dental bridge.  For further information about this remarkable technology including costs and benefits information, please call or email The Smile Artist today.