Dentures vs Dental Bridge
Walnut Creek, CA
Dental technology has come a long way, with several procedures that can help you replace any missing or severely damaged teeth with artificial teeth that work and look as good as your natural teeth.
Dentures have historically been a popular choice for people to replace their missing teeth, but dental bridges also offer you the opportunity to restore your smile. At the Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek, you have the ability to explore both options.
Partial and Complete Dentures
Dentures might make you think of the removable dentures worn by seniors portrayed in popular media over the years, but modern dentures are more sophisticated than their traditional counterparts. Partial and complete dentures are customized prosthetics you can place in your mouth and remove at night when you’re sleeping.
Partial dentures are prosthetics that fit around the natural teeth in your mouth that are still healthy, while complete dentures offer a replacement for all of them. Both are secured by attaching them on small metal dental implants installed in your jawbone by your dental surgeon. These dentures are not as secure as permanent tooth replacement solutions, and getting used to them takes some time. However, most patients who get removable dentures adapt easily to life with them once they get acclimated to them.
Fixed Dental Bridges
Fixed dental bridges, also called traditional dental bridges, offer you a similar solution to replace your missing or damaged teeth. Unlike temporary dentures, however, fixed dental bridges are a permanent replacement for your missing teeth. These dental bridges feature crowns that your dental surgeon will permanently attach to your jaw through screw-like dental implants for a fixed replacement. Once attached, you cannot remove fixed dental bridges.
Fixed dentures require a similar process of installing titanium dental implants. Your dental surgeon will remove the damaged teeth or perform bone grafting if you’ve been missing teeth for a while to clear space and build strong foundations for the dental implants. Once the dental surgeon installs the dental implants, they will allow the bone to grow around it over several months so it fuses to the bone, creating a solid base that replaces the roots of your missing teeth. After that, your dentist will attach abutments on the implants that allow them to secure your fixed dentures onto your jaw.
Dentures vs Dental Bridges: Which Is Better?
The ideal teeth replacement solution might be different for you, depending on your particular situation. At the Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek, Dr. Keith will perform a thorough oral health evaluation and recommend the best-suited tooth replacement procedure for your needs. They will consider several things to come to that conclusion, including the health of your remaining teeth and how many teeth you have lost. Both options present you with an excellent solution for your missing teeth.
Now that you’re aware of the differences between dentures and dental bridges, it is time to take the next step and schedule your evaluation. At the Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek, Dr. Keith will help you make the best possible decision for your teeth replacement needs after performing a thorough evaluation and discussing your case with you. Contact the Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek to schedule your appointment with us by calling us at (925) 266-3550 today.