Bridges & Dentures Back

Dentists believe that the best teeth are obviously your very own. They will do their best to preserve your natural teeth, however, if a tooth is badly damaged or lost, they will recommend bridges an dentures to restore a badly damaged tooth or replace a lost tooth.

When a good is lost, it is important to replace it with an artificial tooth as soon as possible. This will prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of line and causing other problems. A bridge can be referred to as a fixed bridge or a fixed partial denture. A bridge will replace one or more of the missing teeth and is held firmly in place by nearby healthy teeth on each side of the missing teeth. When you get a bridge, you cannot take them out. They are permanent.

The teeth on each side of the missing tooth will be prepared for the crown. The fake tooth or teeth and two crowns are custom-made in the dental lab as a single piece. The unit is then placed in your mouth. The crowns will be cemented to the two healthy teeth on each side of the missing one. A bridge will last approximately ten years if you take excellent care of it. The dentist will teach you great cleaning techniques and flossing techniques to help you maintain them.


There are two major types of dentures. Partial and full dentures. Both are produced in a dental lab, based on a mold or an impression of your mouth. Partial dentures are also referred to as "removable partial denture" or a "partial". It is typically made up of one or more false teeth and held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby teeth. You may take the partial denture out yourself for cleaning it and at night before sleep. Partial dentures can be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge or when there are more than just a couple of teeth missing.

Full dentures are also called complete dentures or false teeth. They can be used when all the natural teeth are missing. Remember that dentures are equivalent to your real teeth so look after them in the same manner and care

To take care of your dentures you need to keep them clean, remove them daily, soak them overnight in a special cleaner, in warm water or in a half-and-half mix of warm water and vinegar and simply continue to visit your dentist regularly to ensure they are well kept like the rest of your teeth.