If you’re missing teeth, dentures can be a godsend in your quest to improve your smile. There are many ways to customize dentures for your specific needs, giving you a natural-looking smile that supports your daily activities and dental health.
Both partial and full dentures can be used alone or with dental implants for improved stability and bone health. Below is an overview of Denturesthe types of dentures available and the pros and cons of each.
Partial Denture or Bridge
A partial denture is used when several adjacent teeth need to be replaced. Also called a bridge, it can be either fixed or removable depending on your dental condition and your preferences.
A fixed bridge is cemented to the natural teeth on either end and is often used for patients who still have healthy bone and facial structure. Fixed bridges look and feel like natural teeth, and can be cleaned with your regular brushing routine. However, they do require additional work on the natural teeth that will support them–usually, the teeth on either end of the bridge must be crowned.
A removable bridge is placed over metal framework attached to the natural teeth. This option may be more suitable for patients who have already lost significant bone structure in the jaw. Removable bridges can be less stable, but they tend to be more affordable.
A full denture is used to replace an entire arch of teeth. Traditional removable dentures lead to bone loss in the jaw over time, but they’re the most affordable solution for replacing a full arch. Bone loss can be minimized by keeping up with your regular relining appointments, which keep your dentures fitting snugly.
Both partial and full dentures can be used with dental implants. Implants replace the tooth roots, maintaining bone health and improving the stability of your dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are ideal for both longevity and their overall oral health benefits. However, not everyone is a candidate for implant surgery–and while it’s a permanent solution, it’s also more expensive.
Klamath Falls Dentures
The right type of denture for you depends on many factors, including your aesthetic preferences, financial concerns, and existing dental conditions. Dr. Kathryn E. Nicholson, DMD helps patients from all walks of life choose the right denture to help restore a bright, healthy smile. For dentures in Klamath Falls, call (541) 885-5578 orrequest your appointment now.