Dentures vs. Dental Bridges
In today’s modern dental landscape, patients have more choices than ever for replacing their teeth. At McDonald DDS, we can offer you replacement teeth that are nearly identical to your existing ones. Dental prosthetics have come a long way since your grandmother needed dentures and have changed the game regarding artificial teeth. Today you can not only replace your teeth, but rebuild them as well. Call our office today and we can get started on a personalized plan that takes all of your needs into consideration. Whether you want to chew easier, speak clearer, or just feel better about yourself, we have the solutions that can help you be your best.
Dentures are no fun. But whether full or partial, or due to accidents or age, they’re an undeniable part of life for many people. Conventional dentures don’t exactly have the best image or functionality. There’s a reason they’re the butt of so many sitcoms jokes, they just don’t work that well and are somewhat embarrassing. Well, we have options that are way better than that.
In come dental bridges. Bridges are a permanent solution to your missing teeth problem. That means no taking them out at night to soak in water, no fear of them slipping out when you’re talking, and no more cautious eating. Dental bridges do what dentures don’t; they stay in your mouth.
A dental bridge is a permanent dental prosthetic that is designed to replace one to four consecutive teeth. They are made from an assortment of material and are built to last years and years.
Dental bridges work best when you have healthy teeth on both sides of your missing teeth in order to act as anchors to support the entire structure and “bridge” the gap. If your mouth is missing the proper anchor teeth, not to worry as we can use dental implants instead.
Bridges help your mouth work better, but there are even more reasons why dental bridges are the best at improving your oral health:
The process for placing a dental bridge is nearly identical to that of a dental crown procedure. On your first visit to our office, we will take a mold of your mouth and then send it to a dental lab who will closely recreate it for your restoration. Next we will get your anchor teeth ready for the bridge application by removing the outer layer of enamel on each tooth to leave room for the bridge to fit over them. A temporary bridge will be placed while your permanent bridge is created. When the permanent bridge is ready you will come back to our office and have it set with a dental cement that keeps it in place.
After Your Procedure
After your dental bridge procedure we will send you home with a special set of care instructions. The most important thing you can do for your new teeth is to keep them clean with the same regular brushing and flossing as your natural teeth. Let us know if there are any changes to your bite and the way your teeth fit together so we can correct this for you before it gets to be a bigger issue.
Give us a call today at 360-352-4008 to set up an appointment in our Olympia, WA office. Furthermore, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have mouth pain or discomfort for over a week following your procedure as this may be an issue needing additional attention.
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