Are Dental Bridges Better than Dentures?

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Replacing lost teeth can restore the look, function and confidence of your smile. You may have the choice of bridges or dentures. Which one is right for you? Our Orange County dentist can help you choose the best restoration for your smile.

Dental Bridges
A bridge is typically used when one or more teeth are missing. You must have healthy teeth on both sides of the gap that can support the bridge. If you do not have healthy teeth to support the bridge, implants can be placed to support the bridge instead. Bridges last 5 to 7 years on average but can last longer when maintained properly, and they keep your teeth properly spaced while giving you a beautiful looking smile.

Dentures

Dentures are most commonly used when you are missing a complete arch of teeth, but a partial denture can be used in those who are missing just a few teeth. Partial dentures are similar to bridges but are removable. They have clasps or attachments to keep them in place. Removable dentures must be made to fit precisely so that they stay firmly in position, and they need to be cleaned and brushed as do your gums.

Call our office today to find out whether bridges or dentures are the best choice for you.

Types of Dental Bridges

AttractionBridges are made to fill the gaps between teeth when one or more teeth are lost. If you have lost teeth and are a candidate for a dental bridge, our Agoura Hills dentist will help you find the best bridge for your smile.

There are several types of bridges are available, including:

1. Traditional bridges
These bridges are supported by abutment teeth or dental implants, and the artificial tooth is suspended between two crowns. Traditional bridges are the most commonly used bridges and are typically made of porcelain or porcelain that is fused to metal for the most aesthetic results.

2. Maryland bridges
Maryland bridges are typically used to replace missing front teeth. The pontics, or artificial teeth, are attached to thin, metal bands, which are then bonded to the abutment teeth using resin. They are more conservative than conventional bridges, but they are also not as strong, which means they have a higher failure rate especially when used to replace multiple teeth.

3. Cantilever bridges
If you are missing a tooth with natural teeth on only one side, a cantilever bridge might be necessary. The cantilever bridge has a design similar to traditional bridges but uses only one crown for support.

Call us to learn more about dental bridges in Agoura Hills or to schedule your appointment.

How Dental Bridges Replace the Teeth

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Our teeth are supposed to remain in place for the entirely of our lives. Unfortunately, they sometimes need to be extracted due to poor health, or become knocked-out due to physical accident. There are a few different ways that these teeth can be replaced, once of which is with a dental bridge.

Dental bridges are comprised of pontics, or artificial teeth, and dental crowns. One or more pontics are used to fill in gaps left in the smile left by missing teeth. They are connected to one another, as well as dental crowns on either side. The crowns are placed on the adjacent healthy teeth on either end of the gap.

It is important to replace teeth as quickly as possible, as this can lead to serious dental, oral, and overall health problems. Without the teeth, the underlying jaw bone is not being stimulated. Over time, this can lead to diminished bone tissue, and ultimately, an altered facial structure. Our emergency dentists in Los Angeles may therefore recommend a dental bridge immediately after tooth loss.

To learn more about emergency dental bridges, talk to our professionals or visit our website today.

Common Options for Replacing Lost Teeth

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Missing teeth are linked to additional tooth loss and other oral health problems, so it is a good idea to replace them. Replacement can be done with dentures, bridges, or implants. Here is an overview of each of these options.

Dentures

Traditional dentures are removable and come in partial and full versions. Today, patients can also get dentures that snap onto dental implants, which keep them firmly in place. Dentures are often the fastest method of replacing teeth.

Bridges

Dental bridges can replace one or several teeth between adjacent remaining teeth or implants. Basically, bridges work by holding artificial teeth in place of the missing teeth. The results are stationary, but some external hardware makes extra cleaning necessary.

Implants

Dental implants are the preferred mode of tooth replacement. Inserted into the jaw bone, where they fuse with the bone tissue, implants are actually more stable than real teeth. They are topped with natural-looking crowns, and have no external hardware. However, treatment time is longer than with other options.

Regardless of which tooth replacement option you choose, you will regain the ability to eat and speak normally, and smile with confidence. You can schedule a consultation with our dental implants dentist in San Francisco to discuss your tooth replacement choices.