In the event that you lose several teeth, or have weakened or softened teeth that require replacement, you have options to maintain a confident smile. Your dentist will be able to give you a list of options appropriate for your specific situation, and they will typically include dentures and bridges.
Dentures replace teeth that are missing, or teeth that have been pulled. Typically made with acrylic resin, dentures are usually removable. There are four major types of dentures including complete, in which all of the teeth and tissue is removed. Partial dentures are also known as “bridges,” and fill the gap between missing teeth. Conventional dentures involve a process in which all the teeth are extracted before the patient is fitted for a full set of dentures. Finally, immediate dentures are fit directly into the mouth after the teeth are removed, after which adjustments are made.
When dentures are given to you, it’s important to keep them clean and free of food particles and other debris that can cause infection and bad breath inside your mouth. Remove your dentures daily and brush them with a brush and cleaner specifically designed for dentures. Never use harsh chemicals on your dentures, and don’t boil them, as this can cause them to become misshapen. Maintain regular check-ups with your dentist to be sure your dentures are not causing irritation around your gums.
Bridges, on the other hand, are typically used on patients requiring only one or more tooth replacements. Bridges are not removable, but are instead cemented directly onto a cracked or damaged tooth. There are several types of bridges available, all of which are intended for a specific type of dental problem. A dental cap that covers the tooth, for a more natural looking finish, holds a traditional bridge together. A resin-bonded bridge fuses together the false teeth with a special type of cement, and is often used for missing or broken teeth found at the front of the mouth. Lastly, a cantilever bridge is used when there is only one tooth on each side of the missing or broken tooth.
As with any dental care, cleanliness will prevent infection in your mouth. It’s very important to brush after every meal, to remove any food particles that can get trapped in your dental work. Avoid sugary and starchy foods, as these can turn into damaging acids that can promote plaque build-up in your bridge. You should also floss daily after your bridge has been completed. Your dentist can recommend a specific type of floss threader that can aid in reaching all parts of your new bridge. With proper hygiene and regular dental cleaning visits, the average dental bridge can last up to 10 years.
Dentures and bridges are unique dental solutions that can aid in revealing a bright smile for many patients. Talk with your dentist about the best repair or replacement work for your teeth, and be sure to properly care for your teeth to maintain the quality of your extensive dental work.
Source by P. Turner