Dental Bridge and Partial Denture Tooth Replacement
Fixed Dental Bridges replace a missing tooth or teeth. We use the healthy teeth on each side of the open space as a foundation for attaching the bridge; then the false teeth span the open space in between and complete “the bridge.”
Ordinarily, we sculpt the bridges with porcelain or a similar material to replicate the look and feel of natural teeth. Other significant benefits include preventing the tooth movement that occurs when teeth are missing – the bridge restores and maintains proper function. They also help to reduce the potential for periodontal disease and help with speech.
We also use Removable Partial Dentures to replace a missing tooth or teeth. These consist of a base, a gum-colored, plastic-like material that holds the false teeth in place. Metal clasps or precision attachments hold the tooth replacements in the mouth, attaching to the adjacent existing teeth. Often we can hide, disguise, or eliminate otherwise noticeable clasps or wires.
Similar to fixed dental bridges, these removable appliances look natural, prevent tooth movement, can reduce the incidence of periodontal diseases, and aid in speaking.
With both fixed and removable tooth replacement options, if the diagnosis allows, implants may be used for added stability.