Even when a tooth can’t be restored, your smile can still recover with the right custom-made dental bridge or denture. By replacing the tooth, the prosthetic rebuilds your smile’s appearance and restores its balance as well as your ability to bite and chew properly. A full set of teeth is essential for many aspects of oral health. To help every patient enjoy these benefits, we offer several types of prosthetic dental treatments to suit everyone’s needs.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthetic made up of dental crowns and pontics that your dentist bonds in place to reestablish one or more lost teeth. The bridge closes the gap in your smile by filling it with a highly lifelike replacement, known as a pontic. If you’ve lost two adjacent teeth, then a bridge can be crafted with two pontics side-by-side. The supportive crowns on either side of the bridge are then bonded to the healthy teeth that still remain next to the space in your smile. Once bonded in place, the bridge will complete your smile so you can once again bite, chew, speak, and smile with full confidence.
If you’ve lost several teeth that aren’t next to each other, or all of your teeth on one or both dental arches, a dental bridge won’t suffice to replace them. Instead, your dentist can design a partial denture (for extensive tooth loss) or a full denture (for complete tooth loss) to rebuild your smile. Dentures are among the oldest forms of prosthetic dentistry, and today, they can be designed specifically according to each patient’s unique pattern and severity of tooth loss. In many cases, we can also recommend supporting your partial or full denture on a series of dental implants, which offer support for your denture highly similar to the support that roots offer your natural teeth.
With a custom-made bridge or denture, you can again enjoy the full, beautiful smile of your youth, even if you’ve lost multiple or all of your teeth. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453.