Tooth loss can happen from any number of causes, such as decay, gum disease, or injury. No matter the reason, the end result is still the same: gaps in your smile. How do you overcome this issue? Your smile plays a crucial role in your appearance, self-confidence, and how people view you. At My Value Smiles we understand that – and we are passionate about helping patients receive the most out of their dental treatments so they can enjoy their smiles to the fullest.
There are a variety of tooth replacement options available that can help you restore your missing teeth, including partial dentures, dental bridges, full dentures, and implant-supported restorations. The type chosen will depend on the extent of your tooth loss, your budget, and how fast you want results. Read on to learn more, or schedule a consultation at our Lithia Springs, GA office with one of our experienced doctors by requesting an appointment online or calling (678) 737-4245.
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are typically recommended when you have sporadic tooth loss throughout your mouth. Each replacement tooth is fastened to a gum-colored base supported by a metal framework that looks much like a traditional retainer so that the partial fits securely inside your mouth. Included are small metal clasps that fasten around any remaining teeth to provide added support. The metal clasps are well hidden and the denture will fill in gaps in your smile for a seamless and aesthetically pleasing outcome. Your partial denture can be easily removed at night for cleaning and while you sleep.
How Do Partial Dentures Differ From Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are typically recommended when tooth loss is isolated to one section of the mouth and individuals are missing one to three missing teeth in a row. A dental bridge can be made from all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal to deliver a realistic and durable result. Depending on the amount of tooth loss, your bridge will consist of at least one artificial tooth flanked by a dental crown on either side. The dental crowns are designed to fit securely over teeth on either side of the missing tooth to help bridge the gap left behind. Dental bridges are not removable but permanently bonded in place. For added support, a dental bridge can also be supported by dental implants rather than remaining teeth.
What Are Full Dentures?
Full dentures are recommended when an individual is missing an entire arch of teeth in their upper and/or lower jaw. Rather than formulated with a metal base, the denture has a gum-colored acrylic base that is customized to rest comfortably over your gums. Suction and an adhesive will help hold your restoration in place.
Each denture is designed to match the natural aesthetics of your former smile to reveal realistic results.
Patients looking for even more stability and support can choose to undergo dental implant placement first. This treatment involves surgically inserting dental implants into your jawbone. After about a four to six month healing period, the posts will integrate with surrounding tissues and provide a firm foundation for your restoration. Dental implants can be used for a single crown, dental bridge, or a full denture. Implants have a unique ability to mimic tooth roots to help the nerves within your jawbone remain stimulated. This can prevent bone atrophy, a negative side effect of tooth loss and traditional restorations.
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