Dentures or Bridgework? Which is Right for Your Smile?

For replacing all of your teeth or a row of your teeth, full dentures and partial dentures have come quite a long way. In the 18th century, dentures made of ivory from walrus, elephant, and hippopotamus were a popular solution that couldn’t come close to the comfort and aesthetic appeal of modern dentures. But with centuries of innovation, affordable dentures that fit great and look great are a very real solution for patients of every age who need to replace one or both rows of teeth.

Whenever a dental patient begins to contemplate replacing one or more missing teeth, they often wonder what the best solution is. With the rising quality and comfort of affordable dentures, the proven efficiency and dependability of dental bridges, and the natural strength and esthetics of dental implants, the choice isn’t always easy when it comes to which option to choose.

Fortunately for you, we have some tips for figuring out which tooth replacement is best for your situation.

A common misconception about dentures is that they are only for the elderly, and that they can only be used to replace all of your teeth. This isn’t quite the case, many patients run into a situations – ranging from injury to medication/disease – that can require the use of a full or partial denture.

If the underlying jaw-bone isn’t strong enough to support dental implants, a denture is usually recommended when a majority of the teeth in a row need to be replaced.

Dental Bridgework: For replacing One or Multiple Teeth

A dental bridge is used to – quite literally – bridge the gap between a missing tooth and remaining healthy teeth. While a dental implant will often be recommended for easier cleaning, natural resistance to cavities, and a more natural look and feel – dental bridgework is often recommended when the teeth adjacent to a gap have already been filled, which eliminates the need to file down healthy teeth in order to support the bridge.

Dental Implants: A Long Lasting Investment for Replacement Teeth

Dental implants have become a natural looking, natural feeling, and incredibly strong tooth replacement that dentists often recommend over other solutions due to the ease with which patients can clean cavities, their natural resistance to cavities, and the fact that they feel and function like a natural tooth. Unlike a dental bridge, dental implants do not require anchoring on neighboring teeth, which makes an implant the best available choice since your dentist will generally not want to “damage” the surrounding

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