Missing teeth doesn’t only make it difficult for you to smile and eat the foods you love. It also makes it hard to keep a balanced diet at all, which can easily lead to malnutrition. Even if you’re only missing one or two teeth, having that extra space will cause your remaining teeth to shift into the open space to compensate, compromising your bite even further.
Instead of settling for an incomplete smile, consider dentures in Chicago Loop or one of the many other options to protect your oral and overall health!
Dental Crowns and Bridgework
If you’re missing a single tooth or even a couple teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be the right option for you. A dental bridge generally consists of three dental crowns, two of which are hollowed out so they can rest on top of two existing natural teeth. The teeth in between the hollowed crowns act as the replacement teeth and effectively bridge the gap in your smile. Technically, dental bridges are considered fixed partial dentures and are not meant to be removed for cleaning.
Bridges can be used with a variety of materials, including gold, silver or porcelain depending on where the bridge is being placed and what your needs are.
Full and Partial Dentures
For those who are missing too many teeth for a bridge to cover or who need to replace an entire arch, full and partial dentures can make a big difference. Not only can they replace multiple teeth at a time, but they’re generally seen as the least costly option in comparison to other replacement restorations.
Partial dentures are held in place with metal or clear clasps and connected to healthy teeth. Alternatively, full dentures are meant to rest on top of the gums and be held in place through suction and denture adhesive. Both prosthetics are made from a gum-colored acrylic base and porcelain teeth to give as natural of an appearance as possible. They’re also removable, meaning they are meant to be cleaned while removed and soaked in plain water or denture cleanser when not in use.
Implant-Retained Bridges and Overdentures
One of the most effective ways to replace teeth is through dental implants, but did you know that both dental bridges and dentures can be customized specifically to fit with dental implants? Instead of relying on natural teeth alone to be held in place, dental bridges work in tandem with implants to offer a more permanent solution to tooth loss.
Dentures can also be fitted with implants and made into overdentures. These are meant to be more natural looking and feeling than a typical denture. Like traditional dentures, these are also removable for cleaning. However, they’re made to snap on and off your implants with ease, offering you better chewing strength while still giving you the benefits of dental implants.
With so many options to choose from, it’s worth getting excited about replacing teeth! Schedule an appointment with a dentist to find out whether bridges, dentures, or dental implants in Chicago Loop are right for you!
About the Author
Dr. Joseph Ceisel is always learning about the newest approaches and techniques through continuing education programs to offer patients the best dental care and services possible. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.