Dental Prosthetic Basics

Restoring your smile involves treating tooth decay, infection, occlusal wear, broken or lost teeth, and making sure your function is balanced. The goal is that all teeth, muscles, and joints working in unison. The final result is a healthy smile that looks and feels better.

Bridge

If you’re missing one or more teeth, a BRIDGE may help restore your smile. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial ones and literally ‘bridges’ the gap where the missing teeth used to be.  A permanent or fixed bridge is cemented onto specially prepared teeth on either side of the space.  A removable bridge clips onto the teeth on both sides of the space.

Surgical implant

Dental IMPLANTS are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone.  Bone and gum tissue grow around the implant to hold it in place.  A single false tooth (crown) is then fabricated to look like a natural tooth.  When the implant has fully healed and integrated into the bone, the crown is then screwed or cemented in place.

Dentures

DENTURES may be used to restore a smile when all of the natural teeth have been lost, whether from tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. Replacing missing teeth benefits both your appearance and your health.  Dentures help fill out the appearance of your face and profile and can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth.  A denture replaces a full arch of missing teeth and sits on the tissue. The partial is used when some teeth remain and it attaches to those teeth.

Prosthodontics can sometimes feel different at first, but should become more comfortable and feel natural over time. Let your dentist know if you have any pain or discomfort or difficulty chewing.  Never try to make any adjustments on your own.  Your dentist will work with you to get the correct fit.