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What Are the Differences Between Dentures, Implants, and Bridges?


Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Image of dentures in a glass of water. It can be difficult as an adult to learn to carry out normal daily activities once you begin to lose your teeth. Even eating and smiling can become difficult. When you lose teeth, you may not want to smile due to embarrassment over how your smile looks to others. You may not be able to eat your favorite foods. If you are tired of worrying about your missing teeth, you have some options available.

Dentures


Dentures have been around in one form or another for centuries because people wanted to hide their missing teeth. Dentures have been made of bone, gold or silver, acrylic, and plastic. The dentures of today consist of porcelain or ceramic teeth that sit atop a plastic or acrylic base. Dentures fit your jaw perfectly, and they allow you to eat and drink normally - not to mention smile! Dentures are cheaper than implants, but some adults find dentures difficult to manage.

Implants


Dental implants represent the latest advances in restorative dentistry. Your mouth believes that a dental implant is your actual tooth because it functions much the same way as your natural teeth. All implants have a titanium screw that is implanted through your gumline and hooks into your jawbone. Your prosthetic tooth fits over the top of the screw head. Implants look very natural - so natural that your body believes they are real.

Bridges


Bridges are a great solution if you are missing teeth on one side of your jaw. Bridges consist of prosthetic teeth that are hooked or cemented in between two of your natural teeth. You can choose to remove your bridges each night, or you can have them cemented permanently inside your mouth. Bridges are excellent if you are missing only a few teeth, especially if you are missing noticeable teeth, such as in the front of your mouth.

If you are unsure which type of replacement or restorative dentistry is right for you, why not make an appointment with our dentist? That way, we can help you find a perfect solution for your needs and budget!

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