If you have lost only one or a few teeth, you do not need the Denture Fountain of Youth®. Instead, partial dentures and dental bridges may be used to complete your smile. The main distinction between partial dentures and bridges is that dentures are removable, while bridges are fixed.
If you are looking for tooth replacement options, we can help you understand all your options to make an informed decision. Please call 610-272-0828 or email Dental Excellence of Blue Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to schedule an appointment.
Partial dentures are tooth replacement options that fit over your gums and hold one or more replacement teeth. They are held in place partly by suction, but may also have hooks that go around neighboring teeth to support them.
Like full traditional dentures, partial dentures are supported by your gums, not by your bones, so they may not be as fully secure as other tooth replacement options. They may slip when you talk or eat, which can limit your diet options.
Dental bridges are also called “fixed dentures.” A dental bridge is made up of multiple units, including dental crowns on either end with one or more false teeth suspended in between. Typically, dental bridges are made up of only three units, because larger bridges put too much stress on the supporting teeth.
In the past, dental bridges called cantilevered bridges were supported by a tooth on only one side, but with the introduction of dental implants, it is more typical to place a dental implant to support these bridges on the other side.
Dental implants can be used to support dental bridges. Similar to implant dentures, dental bridges (or even individual crowns) can be placed atop dental implants which are firmly anchored into your jawbone.
Which Is Your Best Option?
All of these tooth replacement options are good ones, but the best one for you depends on several factors. During your consultation with Dr. Ken Siegel, you can talk about what factors are most important to you, including:
He will also evaluate your dental health so that you can get the replacement option that is best suited to keep your other teeth healthy as well.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Siegel, please contact Dental Excellence of Blue Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today.