Replace Missing Teeth with Custom Dental Bridges/Dentures
A lifetime of excellent hygiene and consistent dental care can help you prevent the loss of your adult teeth. However, prevention is not always guaranteed, and you may lose one or more teeth anyway due to accidental damage, impacted wisdom teeth, or other unavoidable circumstances.
In addition to the cosmetic issues of missing teeth, the loss can also have a negative effect on the rest of your oral health, and increase your risk of further tooth loss in the future. To rebuild your smile and mitigate such risks, Dr. Nielsen can custom-design a dental bridge or denture to replace the teeth you’ve lost.
What’s the Difference?
A Dental Bridge
A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis with an appropriate number of replacement teeth, or pontics, bordered by two dental crowns. The crowns are bonded to the teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile, holding the bridge securely in the space left by your missing teeth. Dental bridges can replace a single tooth, or up to three adjacent teeth, but may not be suitable for patients with more extensive tooth loss.
A Partial/Complete Denture
A partial denture is similar to a dental bridge, but is often removable and can replace missing teeth that are not adjacent to each other. Instead of relying on dental crowns for support, a partial denture’s pontics rest on a comfortable plastic base, and is held in place with small discreet clasps.
Patients who have lost all of their teeth on the upper or lower dental ridge can enjoy a renewed ability to bite, chew, speak, and smile with confidence with a complete denture. Consisting of a full row of lifelike replacement teeth, a complete denture’s gum-colored base rests securely and comfortably along the appropriate dental ridge.
Bridges/Dentures on Dental Implants
For improved support, comfort, and function, many patients choose to support their dental bridge, partial, or complete dentures on one or more dental implants. Made from biocompatible titanium, dental implants are small, root-shaped posts that are surgically-inserted into the jawbone. As the bone heals, it fuses to the implants’ surfaces, making the posts as secure as your natural tooth roots. An appropriate number of implant posts can uphold a dental bridge or denture without the need for metal clasps or the support of remaining teeth.
Rebuild Your Smile with a Bridge or Denture
Tooth loss doesn’t have to hold you back anymore; you can rebuild your smile with a custom dental bridge or denture! To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Nielsen by calling Commerce Family Dental at (903) 886-3081. Located in Commerce, TX, we also serve the residents of Van Alstyne, Celina, Prosper, Gunter, Frisco, McKinney, and all surrounding communities.