Missing teeth can negatively affect a peson’s ability to speak, eat, and maintain good dental health. Dental bridges, like implants and partial dentures, are used to replace missing teeth. There are several types of dental bridges available based on your needs.
A dental bridge can be made using porcelain, gold, or a combination of these materials, and must be precisely engineered to fit your natural smile and bite. Fitting a dental bridge usually takes two appointments to complete.
One of our dentists at Louisville Dental Associates will first prepare the teeth on either side of the space, then take dental impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. Between appointments, a temporary bridge will be provided for protection until the permanent bridge arrives.
Good daily dental habits of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. Good dental care of these teeth is critically important, as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
Dentures can replace some or all missing teeth. Depending on your personal needs, there are different types to choose from.
- Traditional Complete Dentures – This type of denture is fitted for the natural anatomy of your mouth, and replaces all of the upper and/or lower teeth.
- Overdentures – Giving dentures more stability and better fit, an overdenture is a type of denture that is placed over dental implants and typically “snaps” onto the implants.
- Partial Dentures – A removable partial denture attaches to your natural teeth with clasps that keep them in place, completing your smile by filling out the spaces created by missing teeth. Your natural teeth are used as stable supports for removable partial dentures instead of dental implants.
All types of dentures will experience wear over time, and will need to be replaced or realigned in order to maintain proper jaw alignment. The alignment of your jaw will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges shrink due to teeth extraction.
Regular dental examinations at Louisville Dental Associates are essential for regular evaluation of oral tissues for potential changes or the development of gum disease.
Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants provide support for dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.
Dental implants are fixtures of titanium that take the place of tooth roots, and are surgically placed into your jaw bone to act as an anchor for a crown or denture to fit over. Most people can’t distinguish between a crown and a natural tooth because a dental implant looks so natural.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including increased stability and functionality. Dental implants tend to look and feel better than traditional dentures or dental bridges and offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed. Best of all, they will last a lifetime if properly maintained.
A dental implant requires no alterations to the adjacent teeth. Diligent daily oral hygiene is required for implants to stay clean and healthy. It’s also important to regularly visit Louisville Dental Associates for routine follow-up appointments and cleanings to keep your new smile healthy and bright!