Partial Dentures and Other Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

Posted on: August 1, 2018


Partial dentures, bridges and implants are common options patients have to choose from when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Each of these dental prosthetics helps fill up the gaps created by missing teeth with artificial ones that look just like real teeth.

Let us take a closer look at the popular prosthetics used to deal with gaps in a person's smile.

Prosthetics used to replace missing teeth

1. Partial dentures

Partial dentures are the most economical way to replace missing teeth. It is also one of the least invasive ways to deal with a gap in a person's smile. When a patient wants to restore their smile with these prosthetics, the dentist takes an impression of the person's teeth using a mold. The measurements are then sent to a laboratory, where the dentures are made.

Once the prosthetic is ready, the dentist will attach it to the patient's real teeth using clamps that are part of the framework.

2. Bridges

As the name of these devices implies, dental bridges are prosthetics that are used to bridge gaps in a person's smile. The device is anchored on the two natural teeth that are closest to the gap on both sides. These teeth are often protected with crowns for increased support and are known as abutment teeth. The second part of a bridge consists of artificial teeth that are designed to look just like the patient's real ones. These are called pontics.

A dental bridge can be fixed or removable, depending on the patient's needs. Some people prefer fixed bridges, since these are generally easier to clean than their removable counterparts.

During the installation of a bridge, the dentist will start by preparing the two teeth closest to the gap for crowns by taking off a small portion of their enamel. An impression of the person's teeth is then taken and sent to a lab where the crowns and pontics are made. During the second appointment, the dentist will attach the two crowns first, then connect the pontics to them. 

3. Implants

Implants are arguably the best way to deal with missing teeth. These devices do not just help restore the look and function of a lost tooth, they also restore the function of the missing teeth roots. This helps keep the patient's jawbone tissue properly stimulated, preventing bone tissue loss.

Only people with sufficient jawbone tissue are eligible for implants.

During the procedure, the dentist will insert a metal screw into the patient's jawbone. This implant is then given a period of three to six months to properly fuse with the surrounding bone tissue holding it in place. Finally, a crown is attached to the abutment on the implant.

There is no need to be unhappy with the appearance of your smile. Schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today and explore your options.

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Request a dental appointment here: or call Ping Hai DDS at (770) 239-2722 for an appointment in our Marietta dental office.

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