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.

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Full and Partial Dentures Benefits

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Nothing changes a smile more, in both health and look, than missing teeth. Not only does it leave a gap between the teeth, but the effects of tooth loss begin almost immediately. Our dentist offers both full and partial dentures as an option to replace knocked-out or extracted teeth.

Partial Dentures

When only a few teeth in a row are missing in an arch, partial dentures are available. These work to fill the gap between the teeth, restoring the look of the smile. They also work to even out bite forces. This prevents patients from only biting and chewing on one side of the mouth, which can lead to pain, unnecessary physical stress, and even TMJ.

Full Dentures

When most to all of the teeth in an arch are missing, our expert in smile makeovers may recommend full dentures. These are a great option for patients who either do not want to undergo an implant process, or do not have enough jaw bone tissue to support implants. Full dentures allow patients to eat healthy and smile confidently again.

If you require a tooth replacement, either as a singular task or as part of a smile makeover, talk to our full and partial dentures dentist about your options.

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.