The Smile You Deserve with Dental Bridges/Dentures
Tooth loss is highly preventable with good oral hygiene and proper dental care, but it still remains a significant, wide-spread problem. Replacing lost teeth not only restores your smile’s appearance, it also reinstates your ability to bite, chew, and enunciate your words properly. Replacement teeth also help you maintain proper tooth alignment and prevent further dental problems by stopping teeth from shifting out of place towards the gap.
Dental bridges and dentures are custom-designed dental prostheses that offer lifelike replacements for one or more lost teeth. Choosing the right prosthetic depends on how many teeth you’ve lost and a number of other factors, and often, Dr. Nielsen may recommend supporting it on one or more dental implants.
A dental bridge describes a single prosthesis made of a single replacement tooth, or up to three in row. The replacement teeth, or pontics, are supported by dental crowns on either side of the bridge. The crowns are bonded to the teeth that border the empty space in your dentition, and the entire bridge is made of dental porcelain that blends seamlessly with your smile.
When you’ve lost more than one tooth but still retain teeth between them, a dental bridge may not be enough to replace them all. Partial dentures consist of pontics placed where your teeth are missing, supported by a comfortable plastic base and discreet metal framework. Complete dentures consist of an entire row of realistic replacement teeth, and are supported by a gum-colored base that fits snugly over your dental ridge.
Dental implants are placed into the jawbone, much like the roots of the teeth you’ve lost. They can support any size dental bridge, partial or complete denture, and can make your replacement teeth as sturdy and secure as your natural healthy teeth.