Know When You Need Dentures Or A Bridge

dentures and bridgesWhether you are missing a single tooth or several, it is paramount to fill in the existing gap. In fact, recent research suggests that tooth loss is tied to dementia and cognitive decline — if the space is not filled. Because of this, it is important to look towards prosthetics to replace your missing teeth. Two of the most common options are dental bridges and dentures. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about the differences between these two prosthetics and the benefits each provides.

What A Dental Bridge Provides

A dental bridge is a permanent prosthetic that fits between the teeth adjacent to your missing one and is supported by existing teeth that are outfitted with dental crowns. The prosthetic tooth, known as a pontic, is matched to seamlessly fit the color of your other teeth, so it fully blends in. It is made from high-quality, biocompatible porcelain, so it is both strong and looks life-like.  There are different kinds that all suit different situations, so your dentist will pick the one that best fits your specific needs. Ultimately, a dental bridge is typically used when you are either missing a single tooth or a few directly next to one another, as these have adjacent teeth to support the pontic.

When You Need Dentures

As opposed to a bridge, dentures, whether partial or complete, can fit around teeth that still exist, even if they are not adjacent. They can also replace a full row of missing teeth. Similar to bridges, dentures are color-matched to your teeth and gums, so they are not noticeable. An important difference is also that dentures can typically be removed. You could opt for a prosthetic secured with dental implants for a more permanent appliance. This is a decision you can make with the help of your dentist. 

How To Take Care Of Your Prosthetics

If you have a dental bridge, you will just need to treat it like you do your natural teeth. Brush and floss your mouth as you normally would. Remember, it is created with materials that are made to closely resemble your teeth, so caring for it should be easy. 

Dentures require more specific care. You should still brush them to remove food and bacteria, and you also need to make sure they don’t dry out. When not wearing them, keep them in a cleansing solution or in plain water. Once you have either appliance placed, your dentist will give you thorough, specific directions to keep them clean and looking in good shape. No matter which option is best for you, make sure you visit the dentist regularly, so they can inspect the prosthetic to ensure it is holding up as it should. 

Contact Us To Learn More About Prosethtic Solutions

No matter which prosthetic you need, we can help make sure you have a full, radiant smile once again. To learn more please schedule a consultation today by contacting Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.