Recover from Tooth Loss of Any Extent
To some degree, edentulism, or tooth loss, affects a majority of adult patients. For instance, a single lost tooth might affect your smile’s appearance and have some impact on your bite’s function. Multiple tooth loss exacerbates those effects, and complete tooth loss can devastate your smile and oral health. Fortunately, modern bridges and dentures can be designed to address tooth loss of any severity and help patients regain the health and confidence of a full, beautiful smile. If you qualify, your dentist might recommend supporting your bridge or denture on one or more dental implants.
Fixed Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is the traditional answer to replacing a lost tooth or multiple teeth that are adjacent to each other. The bridge consists of one or more highly lifelike replacement teeth, or pontics, that are fashioned to closely mimic the healthy appearance of your lost tooth or teeth. The bridge is held in place by dental crowns that are attached to nearby healthy teeth (known as abutment teeth), and the lifelike pontics effectively fill in your smile and restore your bite’s function. Because bridges are bonded in place over your existing teeth, the restoration is considered a fixed prosthesis and cannot be removed except by your dentist.
Partial and Full Dentures
Dentures are the most well-known types of replacement teeth, and today, they come in many different shapes and sizes. Traditional dentures, or full dentures, consist of an entire row of replacement teeth situated on a comfortable, gum-colored base. The denture is designed to mimic the exact size, shape, length, width, and contour of your healthy, natural smile, reestablishing a strong and healthy dental ridge full of teeth. By contrast, partial dentures are designed to fit around existing teeth, and therefore consist of replacement teeth only where necessary along your dental ridge. For added support, a partial often includes comfortable, hidden clasps that utilize your dental ridge and healthy teeth for stability.
Rebuild Your Smile with a Custom Bridge or Denture
Modern bridges and dentures help patients recover from virtually all types of tooth loss, from a single tooth to multiple teeth or complete edentulism. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Hillsview Dental in Rapid City, SD, today at 605-342-6652.