Bridges (dentures) can help improve self-esteem, enhance your appearance, advance your chewing ability and help you speak better. They also help maintain the shape of your face and alleviate the stress on your bite by replacing the missing teeth. Also known as false teeth, they can take the place of missing teeth that are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
There are numerous types of dentures:
- Removable Partial dentures – these are for patients that are missing some of their teeth on a specific arch
- Fixed partial dentures also named ‘crown and bridge’ – they are made from materials that resemble teeth and fit on the remaining teeth, it looks great and it literally bridges the gap where one or multiple teeth may have been
- Complete dentures are worn by patients that missing all of their teeth on a single arch (e.g. Upper (maxillary) or lower (mandibular) arches). Unlike the removable bridge, which can be taken out and cleaned, only dentists can remove a fixed bridge.
- Implant bridges attach to artificial teeth directly under the gum line or to the jaw.
The restoration can be made from a variety of components like gold alloy, porcelain or a combination of these materials and can be bonded on the surrounding teeth for support. Depending on which kind of bridge your dentist advises, its success depends on its base. So it’s really important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong for years to come.
We also want to make sure once you have your appliances that you take care of them properly and we will educate each patient, on proper care of their appliances. They will need daily cleaning because plaque and tartar can still build up on false teeth, just like natural teeth. Our team will educate you on proper oral hygiene care techniques that will allow you to enjoy your brand new smile! So keep smiling!
If you want a smile that will be your crowning splendor. A crown can be used to cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can improve its appearance or can make a tooth stronger. When there isn’t enough tooth left it can cover and support a tooth with a large filling. It can be used as an aide to attach a bridge, protect a fragile tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already been damaged. A crown is an excellent way to conceal teeth that are discoloured or badly shaped. It can be used to cover a dental implant. If our dental team recommends a crown, it’s probably to correct one of these previous concerns.
Dr. Archer and her teams’ primary concern, like yours of course, is making sure you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright – literally your crowning achievement.