Your natural teeth should ideally last the rest of your life, but between unexpected accidents and oral health problems that can crop up over the years, there’s no guarantee that this will actually be the case. At Polished General Dentistry, individual gaps can be filled in with personalized partial dentures while full dentures are used to replace entire arches. We also place and restore dental implants under one roof. Call us today to learn more about the different approaches to replacing missing teeth in our Carlsbad, CA dental office that Dr. Shelton might take to recomplete your smile.
When teeth are lost, a fixed bridge can be used to replace them. This tooth replacement prosthetic relies on two dental crowns, one on each side, to support a replacement tooth or teeth. The replacement teeth and dental crowns are fused together into one restoration. Then, the dental crowns are attached to surrounding healthy teeth for support.
Partial and full dentures are used to replace teeth following extensive tooth loss. Partials replace any number of teeth along a single arch and are held in place by clasps attached to remaining healthy teeth. Full dentures replace an entire row of teeth, and they are held in place through natural suction between the gums and denture. Each denture is crafted specifically to fit into the patient’s smile, and when made and placed properly, they fit comfortably.
While full dentures and partial dentures can fulfil your basic needs for chewing, speaking, and smiling, they tend to lack the stability and strength of your natural teeth. If you want your new grin to look and feel as much like your natural one as possible, you will want to support your new restoration with dental implants – thin, screwlike titanium posts that can fuse directly with the jawbone itself to replace your missing tooth roots.
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