Trauma, decay or periodontal disease can cause tooth loose. If the damaged tooth is not replaced immediately, the other teeth can be affected too. This area can be at risk for gum disease and decay of the surrounding area.
This problem can be fixed by using either bridges or dentures. But what is better for you? Let us know the difference.
Choosing Between Dental Bridge vs Dentures Hilton Head, SC
A fixed bridge is a solution to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It’s called a bridge because it bridges the gap between teeth. If you want to avoid the inconvenience of putting and removing dentures, then fixed bridge is just right for you.
Installing a fixed bridge is simple. First, the dentist will prepare the teeth that will be the anchor for the bridge. Next, an impression is made so that the false tooth can be fabricated or scanned. Once the bridge is constructed, an appointment is made to and fit and adjust the bridge. If cared properly, a fixed bridge can last a decade or more.
Removable Partial Denture
Bridges can also be removed. It is referred as removable partial denture usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored acrylic bases. However, an RPD can also be a combination of both acrylic and metal framework. A removable partial denture is made to attach to your natural teeth.
When all the teeth are missing from the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both, dentures can be used. To make your dentures, an impression is made of the jaw first. The impression allows the dentist to identify the ridges and crevices.
Things you should know about dentures:
⦁ Your new or partial denture may feel awkward at first. Over time, the fitting becomes more natural.
⦁ Dentures should also be removed at night. Patients can reinsert it in the morning. In some cases patients are asked to wear it longer during the initial period.
⦁ Over time, eating should become more pleasant. Start out with soft and small foods. Try chewing on both sides to even out the pressure. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You will want to avoid chewing gum, especially during the adjustment period.
⦁ You will eventually become accustomed to speaking properly with your denture. In fact, your speech may improve better than before. It is important to practice any words that are difficult.
⦁ Don’t do serious harm to your denture, and to your health, by trying to adjust or repair your denture. Using a do-it-yourself kit or store glues could destroy the appliance.
⦁ If your denture breaks, cracks or chips, or if one of the teeth becomes loose, call us. Many necessary adjustments or repairs can be made on the same day.
⦁ Follow any specific instructions given during your appointment.
Whether it is dentures or bridges, both helps in improving your self esteem. Both allow patients to feel better about themselves. To help you decide what’s best for you, let us do the hard part. We will choose what is best for you and your teeth to get that brighter, better smile.