Bridges and dentures are effective oral health solutions. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, contact our Grove City office today by calling (614) 871-0088.
Benefits of teeth replacement
There are several benefits of teeth replacement:
- Improved chewing ability
- Transform your smile
- Prevent shifting of teeth next to the empty space
- Avoid periodontal disease and bone lose
- Improve overall oral health
Bridges and dentures can be used to replace a missing tooth or series of teeth. For more information about our teeth replacement services in Grove City, please contact us today.
What is a bridge?
If you’re missing one or more teeth, bridges could be a solution for you. A bridge is a device made to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridge can be supported:
- By natural teeth
- By implants
- By a combination of teeth and implants.
How do bridges work?
When just a few teeth are missing, all in a row, and there are healthy teeth on each end of the gap, a non-removable restoration can be made in the form of a fixed bridge. The two end teeth are reduced so that crowns can be placed over them. Artificial teeth are fabricated to fill the gap. This set of false teeth is affixed to the crowns on each end. One or both of the crowns may be supported by an implant crown, a crown placed over an implant abutment.
There are other types of bridges, as well:
- A cantilever bridge is held in the mouth by one or more crowns on only one side of the space where a tooth is missing.
- A Maryland bonded bridge consists of a metal framework with “wings” on each side. The wings are bonded to the back of your existing teeth. The false teeth are also bonded to the framework.
Getting a bridge normally requires between two to three visits. At the first visit, your dentist prepares the teeth and covers them with temporary crowns. The dentist may also make impressions of the teeth. The bridge is adjusted and placed at later visits. On average, bridges last five to seven years. A major reason bridges fail is new cavities developing on the supporting teeth. With proper hygiene, which includes flossing your teeth under the bridge, your bridge can last longer.
What is a denture?
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth.
There are three main types of dentures:
- Full denture
The traditional set of false teeth: uppers, lowers, or both.
- Partial denture
A few false teeth, attached to a denture base (sometimes flexible, sometimes more rigid) and designed to clip onto healthy teeth. None of your teeth will need be reduced to accommodate crowns.
- Implant denture
A partial denture anchored by implants. Also known as “never move dentures”.
How do dentures work?
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth.
Benefits of dentures
Replacing missing teeth will help to improve your appearance and smile. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. Dentures can help you eat and speak more comfortably.
For more information, or to schedule your appointment, contact our Grove City office today by calling (614) 871-0088.