April 14, 2019
Are your missing teeth preventing you from enjoying time with family and friends? Do you miss out on events and things because you lack self-confidence? Missing teeth can be hard to live with, and if you don’t know how to address the issue, the complete smile you had at one time can seem like an unattainable dream. The good news is that there are solutions to helping individuals like yourself with missing teeth! Whether it’s partial dentures or a bridge, find out how you can have a fully restored smile in no time.
What Are Partial Dentures?
If you’re missing one or multiple teeth along an arch, your dentist will consider you a viable candidate for partial dentures. A removable denture is held in using clips or brackets and consists of artificial teeth that are attached to a metal base. The clips hook on to nearby teeth, and it’s designed to fit like a puzzle piece between your natural teeth.
What Are Fixed Bridges?
Also known as a crown and bridge, this prosthetic uses two dental crowns that are placed over the teeth that exist on both sides of the gap. These are used to support the bridge when it’s put in place. If the teeth on either side of the bridge are not healthy enough to support it, the crowns can be attached to implants.
The bridge will fill in the gaping hole in your smile, giving you a fully restored appearance.
What Are the Benefits to Each?
It depends on your individual goals and dental needs as to which option is right for you, but to help you determine which option you might want to go with, here are the benefits of both:
- They’re a removable and less invasive option.
- You can comfortably chew and talk, and as a result, have restored confidence.
- They protect your gums and prevent your teeth from shifting.
- They’re easy to clean, so you don’t have to worry about investing in additional tools or products to keep them clean and healthy.
- Because they’re semi-permanent, they do not need to be removed in order for them to be cleaned.
- They provide a level of comfort.
- Their look and feel are natural, making it difficult for anyone to notice your treatment.
- With proper care and maintenance, a fixed bridge can last a long time.
No matter which option you choose, it’s important to talk to your dentist about your options. After a thorough evaluation and discussing your goals, your dentist will be able to help you better determine which treatment is right for you.
About the Author
Dr. Jacinthe Giroux, DMD, graduated from McGill University and completed a Multidisciplinary Residency Program at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She and Dr. Olafson, and the team at Columbian Square Dental are dedicated to improving and restoring your smile. Whether it’s a partial denture, fixed bridge, or dental implants, we can solve the problem. To find out how we can help you, visit our website or call (781) 337-6644.
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