Why Smiles Rely on Dental Bridges and Dentures
Tooth loss creates a variety of problems with your oral health, some immediately noticeable, and some that develop more slowly over time. Such problems, like teeth shifting and an imbalanced bite, can create further issues if missing teeth are not replaced. Dental bridges and dentures are crafted from lifelike materials, like dental porcelain, to revitalize your smile’s appearance while restoring your bite function. After a thorough examination and personal consultation, Dr. Schmidt will help you determine which dental prosthesis is right for you.
Dental Bridges and Partial Dentures
A dental bridge consists of one, two, or three replacement teeth, called pontics, and is supported by dental crowns on both sides of the appliance. The pontics and crowns are custom-crafted to match your healthy, natural teeth, and the crowns are secured to the teeth that remain next to the gap in your smile.
For patients who have lost more than one tooth, but not in adjacent places, Dr. Schmidt can design a partial denture. Unlike a bridge, a partial denture is removable and possesses an appropriate amount of pontics on a comfortable, gum-colored base. For additional stability, it may be supported by discreet metal clasps, as well.
Complete (Full) Dentures
A complete denture consists of a full row of upper or lower pontics supported by a plastic, pink base that is modeled after the shape of your dental ridge. Conventional dentures are removable and can be adjusted, if necessary, to retain their natural, secure fit. Fixed dentures are supported by a series of dental implants (as few as four, with the All-On-4 system) that are secured within the jawbone. The biocompatible implants stimulate the jawbone to help maintain a healthy flow of nutrients, keeping it strong, and reducing the risk of jawbone deterioration from missing teeth roots.
Call The Austin Dentist Today!
At The Austin Dentist, our philosophy is to provide the gift of service to everyone, and to create rewarding, lasting friendships with all of our patients. We offer a comprehensive list of dental health services in a beautiful environment, where you can receive the care you need from an intelligent, cheerful, patient-centered team. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph G. Schmidt, contact The Austin Dentist in Austin, TX today by calling (512) 328-1500.