Replacing Teeth With DenturesA complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base that rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed. Dentures come in all shapes and sizes.
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Bar-Retained, Implant Supported OverdenturesHere at Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center, we understand that losing your teeth can be physically and emotionally traumatic, but rest assured you do not have to continue suffering needlessly. An option you might want to consider if you are looking for more functional consistency, but do not want to replace all your missing teeth with single implant crowns is a bar-retained, implant supported overdenture. This is a hybrid solution that optimizes both the benefits of comprehensive dentures with that of implants.
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Fixed Dental BridgesA dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is one of the traditional dental methods for replacing missing teeth.The type of bridge used most often is called a fixed bridge, and consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached on either side of the artificial teeth (pontics), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years with proper home care; however, they may need to be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear.
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Pre-Prosthetic SurgeryYou can certainly try to wear dentures without pre-prosthetic surgery, but the results usually aren't favorable. Most people notice that routine activities like chewing even soft foods can become painful and extremely difficult. Since the dentures will rest on the bone ridge, it is crucial to ensure the mouth maintains the proper size and shape needed for the dentures to fit correctly.
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Many patients wonder why their mouth isn't able to support a prosthesis just the way that it is. Similar to how genetics give us all different physical attributes, we are also given different shaped jaws and levels of gum tissue growth. At times, the jawbone won't be shaped to appropriately accommodate the tooth replacements in a stable and comfortable manner.
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