Missing teeth can make your cheeks look hollow and your mouth look sunken. More importantly, your diet can suffer. Those missing multiple teeth in a row may want to consider dentures for both cosmetic purposes and overall wellness. Depending on the amount of teeth missing, Dr. Burt may suggest partial or full dentures. During your consultation, he’ll assess all your options and you can choose what you feel most comfortable with.
Implants are devices that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are used to support crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implants are constructed from titanium and surgically placed in the bone.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and a false tooth is placed in-between. This false tooth is called a pontic and can be made from gold, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Partials or Dentures
Partial dentures are ideal for those who are missing only a few teeth in a row. They latch onto the remaining gum line and any intact adjacent teeth as a partial prosthetic replacement of one to many teeth. It is fabricated with a cast metal substructure, and sometimes a thermoplastic substructure, depending on the individual case. It can be used for replacement of upper and/or lower teeth.
A denture replaces all teeth in either an upper or lower jaw.