Richmond dentist explains partial dentures and fixed dental bridges
Restorations for missing teeth are vital for maintaining oral health. Regardless of the reason for tooth loss (gum disease, decay, and trauma being among the most common), replacing them is important to keep remaining teeth from shifting out of proper position. Missing teeth can also indirectly increase the risk of gum disease as teeth move out of place and create areas that can trap bacteria.
One method of restoring teeth that is a popular choice among Richmond residents is a dental bridge. A bridge is a prosthetic dental structure that can replace lost teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns placed on top of teeth adjacent to the gap in the smile. These crowns act as anchors for the restoration. In the middle are one or more false teeth that fill in the gap.
There are two main types of bridges: fixed and removable. Fixed bridges are held in place with dental cement and cannot be removed. Removable partial dentures can be taken out to sleep or clean.
A partial bridge is fabricated similar to a fixed bridge; however, r it can be removed when needed. Being able to remove the bridge for cleaning purposes can be very convenient for patients. It is important to know that partial dentures are not always as secure as fixed bridges.
A traditional fixed bridge has an artificial tooth called a pontic with a dental crown on each side. The crowns are cemented into place to keep the entire structure stable and secure.
With both types of bridges, the artificial teeth are designed to match remaining teeth so the restoration blends in with the rest of the smile. With a dental bridge, patients are able to speak and chew properly and smile with confidence.
When looking for restorative treatment for missing teeth, it’s important to set up a consultation as soon as possible. During this appointment, we will examine the mouth to make sure that the teeth and gums are healthy before recommending a solution. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call our team today.