According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 120 million people in America are missing at least one of their secondary teeth. That’s over 36% of the population or 1 in 3 people. Typical solutions to missing teeth are bridges and dentures.

Depending on how many and which teeth you are missing, Dr. Dogra may recommend either a bridge or dentures. Typically if you are missing one or a few teeth, a bridge will be the best option as they do not carry many of the disadvantages of traditional dentures. However, if you will need to have all or most of your teeth removed, dentures will most likely be the best solution.

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Bridges

Bridges can solve the issue of missing teeth. Similar to dentures, bridges replace gaps in your smile with artificial teeth. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, and alloys.

Bridges can be removable or fixed. Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned by patients, whereas fixed bridges are much like dental implants and become an integrated part of your smile. Bridges can be implanted into the jaw or under the gums. With so many options, it is essential to consult with Dr. Dogra about which type of bridge is best for you.

Following a preventative plan of brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once will help keep your natural teeth healthy and strong. However, a bridge can help restore your smile if you do lose teeth.

Benefits of bridges for missing teeth include:

● Durability – many bridges will last 15 or more years with proper care
● Comfort – because bridges are integrated into the surrounding teeth, they create a very natural feel and typically do not interfere with eating or speaking
● Ease of care – bridges are cared for much the same way you care for your natural teeth with regular brushing and careful flossing

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Dentures

Removable dental replacements, or dentures, are a frequent service that we provide for our clients. We offer both complete dentures (for when all teeth are missing) and partial dentures (for when some teeth are missing).

There are both conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and are placed 8 to 12 weeks after removal. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.

Dentures can solve a wide range of problems for patients who have had their teeth removed. Dentures can allow patients to use their mouths more normally again, much like before losing their teeth.

While dentures have experienced numerous advancements over the years, there are some things to consider when choosing dentures:

● There may be an adjustment period for eating and speaking after receiving new dentures
● Chewing efficiency is slightly reduced compared to bridges
● Hot/cold sensations are altered because dentures cover the palate (roof of the mouth)
● Traditional dentures may eventually need adhesives to hold them in place
● Plaque and bacteria can build up in the dentures if not cleaned and care for properly

At Confident Smiles, we promise to communicate with you throughout the process to provide you with the best dental care possible. Our highest priorities are your health, comfort, and care. If you have any questions about whether a bridge or dentures may be right for you, please call us today at (916) 736-2801. One of our staff will be happy to answer any questions or schedule an appointment for you!