Even though technological advancements have created more and more restoration options for patients with missing teeth, dentures, partial dentures and dental bridges have long been the time-tested method to replace an arch of teeth. Let’s take a look at these three treatments, how they work and if they’re right for you.
What are Dentures?
Patients with a whole row of missing or damaged teeth can benefit from a set of traditional dentures. While many people associate this restoration treatment with elderly people or their grandparents, dentures offer an array of benefits for patients in need of tooth replacement.
Dentures are a set of removable false teeth that replace those lost to decay or trauma. Constructed from a combination of acrylic and porcelain, dentures look and feel natural in your mouth. You place them over your gums and secure them with an adhesive paste.
These full mouth restorations allow patients with missing teeth the freedom to consume a lot of their favorite foods again, as well as have a confident and healthy smile.
What are Partial Dentures?
Patients who are missing only a few teeth may benefit from partial dentures. When you’re missing a few teeth, the spaces in your mouth can cause your other teeth to shift out of alignment and disrupt the health and function of your jaw. Partials can prevent shifts and interruptions from occurring.
Like their full mouth counterpart, partials are completely removable and made of acrylic and resin. Your partial dentures will closely resemble your natural teeth, restoring your confidence to your smile.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge replaces missing teeth by using the surrounding teeth as a foundation. This creates a literal bridge between existing and missing teeth. Patients with only one or two missing teeth may benefit from a dental bridge.
Dental bridges require additional preparation than dentures and partials. As this tooth replacement option is supported by neighboring teeth, patients visit our Millville and Voorhees offices first to have the neighboring teeth altered to fit the anchor crown. After your bridge has been made, you’ll return to our office for placement. As bridges are permanently fixed to teeth, many patients missing multiple teeth prefer bridges to dentures or partials as they’re less likely to slip, move or become dislodged
Contact Dr. Li for Restorative Dentistry in New Jersey
If you need to replace missing or severely damaged teeth, finding a replacement option is critical to protecting the health and function of your smile. Please visit our Voorhees or Millville, NJ dental offices for an evaluation. We can have a set of beautiful dentures, partials, or a bridge made for you in just a few simple appointments. Contact us to learn more about this unique treatment through a consultation with Dr. Li today.