Rebuilding Smiles with Dental Bridges & Dentures
The leading causes of tooth loss, like periodontal disease, are largely preventable, and with proper care and maintenance, it’s possible to retain all of your natural teeth for life. Nevertheless, tooth loss affects more than half of adults at some point in their lives, and if not addressed, their dental health can continue to suffer from related issues. Dental bridges and dentures are popular dental prostheses that replace the teeth you’ve lost so you can enjoy a full, beautiful smile again.
A dental bridge can replace a single lost tooth, or up to three adjacent teeth, with an appropriate amount of replacement teeth. The replacements, or pontics, are crafted according to your dental ridge’s unique measurements so they blend in naturally with your smile. The bridge is supported on each side by dental crowns that are bonded to nearby teeth, and once placed, the bridge will remain permanently (it cannot be removed, except by your dentist).
Partial dentures are recommended when you’ve lost several teeth, but they are not all adjacent to each other. The appliance is removable, and consists of a comfortable plastic base that follows your dental ridge and an appropriate number of pontics where needed. Some partials may also utilize hidden clasps, precision attachments, or other discreet connectors for additional support.
Like partial dentures, complete dentures consist of a plastic, gum-colored base that fits along your upper or lower dental ridge, but contains a full row of replacement pontics. Complete dentures rebuild the smiles of patients who’ve lost all of the viable teeth on one or both of their dental ridges, and can be removable or fixed upon a series of dental implants.