Bridges are a permanent replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth are prepared for crowns. An impression is made of the area and is sent to the dental laboratory where the bridge will be made. Temporary crowns are made for the teeth involved, and a shade of porcelain is chosen to match the color of the surrounding teeth. At a second appointment, the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent one is cemented in place.
One of the most economical ways to replace missing teeth is to have a denture made. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, and partial dentures hold onto some of the remaining teeth and replace only those teeth that are missing.
The denture teeth are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and shades. Dentures can be used with implants, which will allow the patient to “snap” it into place. A well fitting denture will allow you to comfortably eat, and thereby obtain the nutrition necessary for good general health.