Losing teeth is a reality faced by many dental patients every year. Thankfully, there are some excellent bridge and denture options for those looking to replace their missing teeth and restore the beauty of their smiles.
When a tooth is badly damaged to the point where it must be removed, or if it is lost, it is important to replace it with an artificial tooth as soon as possible. If this is not done in a timely manner, then the remaining teeth can drift out of line, potentially causing jaw problems. Additionally, teeth that are out of line are more subject to periodontal disease and cavities, as they are more difficult to clean.
Your dentist may suggest replacing one or more of your missing teeth with a bridge or denture. A fixed bridge is a hyper-specific prosthetic device created to replace one or more missing teeth. The dentist accomplishes this by placing crowns on the teeth that sit either side of the blank, or “edentulous” space and attaching artificial teeth, or “pontics” to them. This bridge is then cemented into place. Unlike dentures, bridges are created to be a permanent fixture in the patient’s mouth, and can only be removed professionally. In making the choice for a bridge, you should make the health of your supporting teeth a priority in order to keep the bridge strong and clean. This maximizes the benefit of this marvelous device over the long term.
Dentures have long been a popular option for patients. Dentures are removable (partial or complete) set of artificial teeth. Whether you have lost your teeth to decay over time or perhaps to an accident, the experienced and meticulous professionals at Happy Smiles will have you smiling brightly and enjoying your favorite foods again in no time with a set of dentures, expertly crafted to custom fit you.
Let us work with you to help determine what method works best to restore that smile.