Missing teeth cause a list of problems ranging from difficulty speaking and eating to jawbone and tooth deterioration and in some cases loss of self esteem. Advances in dental materials and technology have made full and partial dentures more lifelike and comfortable than ever.
A partial denture sometimes called a “partial plate” is made of a metal or plastic frame that has acrylic teeth on a gum colored base. It is custom made to replace one or more missing teeth. It is designed to be removable and can be taken in and out of the mouth.
A full denture can made to replace either the top teeth, lower teeth or both. They are typically made of an all acrylic gum colored base in which acrylic teeth are set into them. They can be a great option to replace teeth.
For some patients, a full or partial denture does not provide the support and retention needed to replace missing teeth.
This can be due to advanced bone loss, a sensitive gag reflex, or discomfort from the denture rubbing against the gums. A great option would be to have an implant-supported denture. Dental implants are small titanium posts anchored into the jawbone. In a minor dental procedure, a dentist or dental specialist can secure a few dental implant posts to hold your dentures in place.
Implant-supported dentures provide support and retention to help provide better function and a beautiful smile
A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. It is used to return function back to your teeth and restore your smile. It involves preparing one or two teeth on either side of the space where the missing tooth/teeth are for dental crowns or “caps”. These prepared teeth are called “abutment teeth” (which act as a support pillar) and our dental ceramist fabricates a prosthetic bridge, which is a series of crowns connected together to “bridge” your missing tooth/teeth and cover over the abutment teeth.
A bridge is bonded in and a potential solution for those who do not want the removable option that a partial denture offers.
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