Bridges

Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. A typical dental bridge consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two surrounding dental crowns, permanently cemented in place. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Bridges are permanently cemented in place and function like your natural teeth. Dental bridges can safeguard the integrity of your existing teeth and help you maintain a healthy, vibrant smile. Dental implants are also a safe, permanent alternative to dental bridges.

The process generally requires two visits, and is similar to getting a crown. During the first visit, x-rays may be taken, the teeth surrounding the gap will be prepared to receive the bridge, and an impression of the teeth will be made. Once the custom bridge has been created by the lab and returned to our office, your second appointment will involve ensuring that it is a proper fit in your mouth and bite. It is then permanently cemented in place.

Dentures

Dentures are custom-made removable dental appliances that can replace missing teeth and restore your smile. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent other teeth from changing position. Not only will dentures improve the aesthetics of your smile and overall shape and structure of your face, but they can help you chew better.

We recommend that even our patients with full dentures practice good oral hygiene, including brushing gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth to remove plaque and promote circulation. Proper care for your mouth will also prevent bad breath.

Dentures should also be cared for properly. Here are our tips on caring for you dentures:

  • Remove your dentures every night while you are sleeping and immerse them in water.
  • Brush your dentures every day as you would your natural teeth. This will remove any food particles and prevent staining. We recommend using a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive denture cleanser.
  • Before brushing your dentures, rinse them to remove any loose particles.
  • When dentures are not being worn, place them in a safe place and immerse them in water to prevent warping.
  • If you need to use a denture adhesive, use it exactly as directed on the package and look for a product that carries the ADA seal of acceptance.
  • Return for your yearly exam. Even though you don’t have teeth, your oral health and oral cancer screening are still important!

The process of getting dentures takes several appointments in order to ensure your denture teeth are the proper color, height, bite and fit your gums properly.