Dentures, Partials, & Bridges
If you’re missing multiple teeth, it not only affects your confidence and how you feel about your appearance; it can also affect your oral health. Typically, losing multiple teeth leads to even more tooth loss. This is because your remaining teeth are at a higher risk for periodontal disease. They can also begin to shift over time, making them easier to damage or break.
Missing teeth can make it challenging to talk, smile with confidence, and eat the healthy foods you enjoy. You no longer have to compromise your appearance or health, however, because there are options for replacing multiple missing teeth, including dentures, partials, and bridges. Dr. Coussa can go over the options and procedures with you to help you decide which might be the best fit for you.
A denture is a removable appliance designed to replace an entire arch of teeth, which completes your smile and allows you to eat your regular diet. Because they’re removable, it’s easy to keep them clean and you can remove them for sleeping.
There is a learning curve when you first wear dentures, and it can take time to get used to eating and talking with them in, but you will feel confident about your smile and appearance right away.
For those patients who are not missing a full arch, a partial can be a great option. A partial is also a removable appliance that is designed to replace a few missing teeth. Removable like a retainer or night guard, it differs in that it has prosthetic teeth attached to it and it snaps into place filling in the gaps in your smile. Partials can be removed for cleaning and are a great option for folks who still have many healthy teeth remaining but need to improve the health and integrity of their smile.
Fixed Dental Bridges
A fixed bridge is also an option for patients who have just a few missing teeth to replace. This is a permanent option, which uses prosthetic teeth to fill in the space of your missing teeth. Crowns or dental implants are used to hold the prosthetic teeth in place. Because a bridge is not removable, it’s important to keep the teeth anchoring it clean and be proactive about your cleanings and check-ups.
Call Us to Schedule an Exam
With so many great options for replacing your missing teeth, it can be hard to know where to begin. The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Coussa so he can evaluate your situation, discuss your goals with you, and then recommend the best treatment for your individual needs.
Don’t let missing teeth hinder your diet or your confidence any longer. Call us today to schedule!