When To Consider Bridges And Dentures

We always strive to help our patients in Parkville, MO, enjoy optimal oral health, which means addressing the issues impacting their smiles. For those with missing teeth, we may suggest replacement in the form of bridges and dentures. Addressing tooth loss helps prevent serious complications and improve overall quality of life.

Why Do We Lose Teeth?

What happens that causes may of us to lose our teeth as we grow older? While unfortunate accidents could cause tooth loss, as well as untreated tooth decay and infection, the most common cause is gum disease. Without treatment to manage the disease, the advanced stage could develop. Known as periodontitis, this stage actually impacts the tissues connecting your teeth and gums leading to tooth loss. Losing our teeth means a greater risk of misalignment, troubles eating, difficulties speaking clearly, and for some, and aged appearance. Fortunately, we have a few options to help patients enjoy better oral health.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge helps address minor cases of tooth loss. The prosthetic contains the new teeth, as well as dental crowns attached to each end. They address between one and three missing teeth in a row. We place the crowns natural teeth on either side of the gap, securing the prosthetic firmly in place. With proper care and attention, the bridge could last between 10 and 15 years. We create them using ceramic and other lifelike materials, which ensures the completed prosthetic looks natural and blends with the rest of your smile.

Dentures

We have two different options for addressing advanced tooth loss. For those with missing teeth spread out across the arch, but not enough to require a full prosthetic, we may prescribe a partial. The denture contains an acrylic base, lifelike teeth, and a metal clasp that attaches to the natural teeth and holds the new ones in place. If you’ve lost a majority of your teeth, or all of them, then we may suggest a full denture. An acrylic base will be created to mimic the appearance of the gums. There will also be a full row of natural looking replacement teeth. Suction will hold the new teeth in place. In addition, we could also discuss securing bridges and dentures with dental implants, which not only last longer, but stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue and helps prevent the aged appearance that often follows missing teeth. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.

BAILEY DENTAL CARE OFFERS CUSTOM PROSTHETICS

At Bailey Dental Care, we want to help our patients suffering from tooth loss enjoy a full and healthy smile once again. To learn more about our natural looking replacement teeth, then please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Parkville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.