When all of your permanent teeth need to be extracted from either your upper or lower jaw because of decay, periodontal disease or trauma, complete dentures are created in a dental lab to replace your missing teeth. Simulating your natural teeth, complete dentures allow you to eat, drink, and do other activities as you are used to. Apart from small additions to your oral hygiene routine, dentures are a carefree dental option to get back to your regular life.
Your dentist may need to remove some of your teeth to prepare your mouth for complete dentures. After the extraction, you may have to go home and heal before receiving your dentures or your dentist may choose to give you your dentures right away. Because your gums are likely to move during the healing process, if you receive dentures right away, they may need to be adjusted.
Over time, dentures can loosen because of the loss of gum tissue and jawbone that deteriorate when they no longer have tooth roots to keep them stimulated. Your dentist may recommend the use of dental products to keep them adhered to your gums. This will keep them in place and comfortable while you are eating and other every day activities.
An alternative to the adhering products is to have your dentures secured with implants that are placed in your jawbone and through a process called osseointegration take the place of a tooth root. Although your dentures will not be permanent and will still be removable, this allows you to lock them in, so to speak. Many patients find this to be a more secure, comfortable option, although it does require surgical implantation.
In either case, your dentures are easily removable for cleaning. Your dentist will discuss with you how best to clean your dentures and when. It’s important that you use the products they prescribe, particularly denture cleaners, rather than toothpaste. Although dentures are made to simulate your teeth, they are not made of the same substance and need to be treated differently.
Do you have one or more missing teeth?
Then you may need to get dental bridges. Dental bridges are used to cover the gap that is created due to one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of two or more crowns for the teeth on both sides of the gap and a false tooth or teeth in between. The false teeth in dental bridges are made of either gold, porcelain, alloys or a mix of these materials. Bridges need real teeth or dental implants for support.
Do you have missing teeth that you want to cover?
Make an appointment at Smile Focus today! We pride ourselves in our excellent patient care and outstanding staff who prioritize your health. Missing teeth can cause a myriad of problems and can even cause your other teeth to become crooked. Getting a dental bridge will enable you to chew and speak properly, will prevent your other teeth from moving out of place and maintain the shape of your jaw and face while restoring your beautiful smile. Depending on your oral health and the number of teeth you are missing, your dentist may recommend traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, Maryland bonded bridges or implant supported bridges.
Deciding to get a dental bridge
During your first visit your dentist will remove the enamel of the teeth surrounding the gap to make room for crowns on these teeth. An impression of your teeth will be taken so crowns, the bridge and false teeth can be made in a lab. Your dentist will fit a temporary bridge to protect your teeth during visits. In the next visit, your dental bridge will be fitted and the dentist will check the fit and your bite. The fitting may take more than one visit and the dentist may cement it in place if it is a permanent bridge.