Dentures, Partial Dentures, and Bridges
When teeth are missing, your smile undergoes significant changes. Missing teeth cause you to chew differently, may cause mouth pain, and as your remaining teeth work to compensate for the loss, gaps and spaces form that only make the situation worse. Studies show, just one missing tooth increases the potential for losing more teeth over time. Furthermore, missing teeth can ruin your self-confidence. To return your smile to optimal function and appearance, you may benefit from the placement of dentures. At Cornerstone Dental, we provide an array of options for replacing lost teeth, including full and partial dentures.
Why Do I Need Dentures?
Dentures are typically recommended for patients missing multiple teeth or all of their teeth on one or both arches. While dental implants are a great option for permanent tooth replacement, there’s still a place for dentures, partials, and bridges. With dentures, you can reclaim your confident, normal life, even after tooth loss. Even if you’ve had some trouble with dentures in the past, rest assured, Dr. Hussong will guide you every step of the way. He designs custom dentures that look and feel natural, so you can enjoy living your life without worrying about your teeth! If you have any questions about dentures or would like to schedule a consultation, then contact Cornerstone Dental today.
Complete dentures are the gold standard for replacing all teeth on the upper or lower arch. Denture adhesive or natural suction holds a denture in place, though dental implants have become a popular and reliable alternative for stability. A full set of dentures can also be secured with dental implants.
Partial dentures replace several teeth missing on one arch. The replacement teeth fit like a puzzle piece with remaining teeth, and a partial clasps to strong, healthy teeth for support. Modern partials are made from a synthetic material that is supported with lightweight metal. It creates a natural looking smile without compromising stability or function. As with full dentures, partials can be anchored to implants instead of existing teeth. Like full dentures, partial dentures can be secured with dental implants for patients with healthy gum and jawbone tissue.
A porcelain bridge replaces one or more teeth in a row. Bridges are anchored to existing teeth with crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth/teeth. Furthermore, bridges are a fixed appliance, meaning that the patient cannot remove them. Bridges may also be secured to dental implants rather than crowned natural teeth.