Prosthodontics and Dentures
There are a number of different types of Prosthodontics in the market today - as that terms stands for any fabricated replacement for a tooth. Such examples are partial dentures and full dentures. Both of these are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures do take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than they have been in the past.
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved. We have created many of these dentures for our patients here at Rivertowne Dental and would be happy to assist you as well. We are now entering an age of implant supported dentures, which can be attached to implants in your mouth. The end results acts as replacement teeth that allow for patients to chew quite similarly as they had before losing their teeth. Call us today if you would like to learn more!
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a natural tooth previously occupied. A bridge is an alternate solution to a dental implant and may be necessary to prevent teeth from shifting and to help ensure the strength and integrity of the surrounding teeth.
The most common type of bridge is a Fixed Bridge, which is a bridge that is secured to the two adjacent teeth. This technique is quite cost effective and can last many years of chewing just like normal. A bridge requires the adjacent teeth to be shaped, which allows for the bridge to be permanently cemented - securing it properly in place. Another common bridge technique is a "Maryland Bridge" which are common on missing front teeth and are secure with tooth-colored metal bands to the surrounding teeth.