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Partial Dentures

partial-denturesWhen you are missing several teeth but not all of them, removable partial dentures are one option for replacing them.

The best way to replace multiple teeth is with dental implants. But not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, and they are also more expensive. Removable partial dentures do an adequate job of restoring your appearance and function.

The traditional partial is made on a metal framework, with metal clasps. This makes a relatively strong and secure teeth replacement.

The metal clasps, which are required to retain the denture, can cause some embarrassment if they are visible. They also attract plaque, so keeping your teeth clean requires extra effort.

Newer materials can provide a more esthetic result. Here is an example of a flexible Valplast partial denture. The clasps can be made pink to match the gums, or translucent. Thus, they will blend in with the teeth and be much less conspicuous.

They still have the disadvantage, though, of complicating your efforts to keep your teeth clean.

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Full Dentures

Removeable-Full-Upper-DentureFull Dentures

When Implants are not an option for you, dentures replace multiple teeth and help your cheeks and lips looking more natural.

A full denture, or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips. Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.

A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.

An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.

An upper denture is acrylic and usually flesh colored that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).

A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.
The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.

Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dentist examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.

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Dental Bridges

Bridge-fixed Bridges – Fixed Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill space of missing teeth
  • Maintain facial shape
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
  • Restore speaking and chewing abilities
  • Restore your smile
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance

 

What does getting a fixed bridge involve?

fixed dental bridge prodedure imageGetting a bridge usually requires two or more visits.

  • While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown.
  • Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made
  • Impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated.
  • In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for two to three weeks.

During the two to three weeks, our labs will fabricate your permanent fixed dental bridge. It will be crafted to match the size, shape and color of your teeth to precise specifications. Using the finest porcelain available allows us to recreate the translucency and integrity of your natural teeth.

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.

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