When you are missing a tooth, it is essential to fill the space as soon as possible. In fact, studies have shown that missing teeth correlate to cognitive decline as you get older. This is due, in part, to the fact that many people cease getting sufficient nutrients from their food, as their chewing is hindered. This, combined with the aesthetics of missing a tooth, indicates the importance of having a complete smile. Two of the most common tools for completing one’s smile are dental bridges and dentures. In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist discusses both restorative prosthetics and lets you know the situations that necessitate one or the other.
When You Need A Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that is made from ceramic or porcelain. It fits between the teeth adjacent to your missing one and is supported by the existing teeth that are outfitted with crowns to increased strength. The tooth, or pontic, is crafted to seamlessly fit the color and shape of your natural teeth, so it looks in place within the rest of your smile. There are different types of bridges that suit different needs, so your dentist will pick the kind that best fits your unique situation. A dental bridge is typically used when you are either missing a single tooth or a few directly next to one another. Because it is typically connected to other teeth, it is a more permanent solution.
When Are Dentures The Best Option?
While bridges work well when you are missing a single tooth or a couple adjacent to one another, dentures can fit around teeth that still exist, even if they are not next to each other. They can be full, partial, or implant-retained, and they can replace a full row of missing teeth. Like bridges, dentures are color-matched to your teeth and gums, so they are not noticeable within your mouth. An important difference is also that dentures can typically be removed, so you can easily clean them. Alternately, you can go for a prosthetic secured with dental implants for a more permanent appliance. Your dentist will work closely with you to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
Maintaining Your Appliance
Luckily taking care of both prosthetics is simple and straightforward. For a bridge, you will just need to treat it like you do your existing teeth. Brush it and floss your mouth as you normally would. Because it is created with materials that closely resemble your teeth, caring for it should be seamless and natural. With dentures, you should still brush them to remove food particles and bacteria. You also need to make sure they don’t dry out, so when you are not wearing them, keep them in a cleansing solution or in plain water.
Contact Us To Learn More About Dental Prosthetics
If you are missing a tooth, or several, we are here to help. Schedule an appointment and contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Ganjoor, by calling (214) 851-0130.