Did you know that missing teeth can lead to several potential dental issues? While missing teeth often causes individuals to feel uncomfortable from an aesthetic standpoint, it also can create physical discomfort.

When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can attempt to compensate. This can lead to a negative chain of reactions, including:

  • Inevitable misalignment of the jaw
  • Disturbance of normal eating and speaking patterns
  • Involuntary grinding of the teeth
  • Eventual tooth decay

Dental implants such as dental bridges, partials, and dentures not only encourage a beautiful smile, they can prevent many unwanted negative dental problems as a result of missing teeth by offering a functional, effective solution.

Dialing in on the Differences Between Dental Bridges, Partials,  Dentures

If you have several missing teeth, Dr. Anatoliy Ravin will likely recommend a dental implant dentistry solution. Dental implants offer positive outcomes in the appearance and function of your teeth. And, many individuals can opt for various types of implants depending on their specific needs and the suggestions of Dr. Ravin. At Hospital Dental Group (HDG) we routinely provide beautiful, durable, dental bridges, partials, and dentures.

What are the differences in types of dental implants?

  • Dental Bridges

Dental bridges also referred to as a “fixed dental bridge,” are affixed to the remaining teeth. This strong, permanent replacement for missing teeth restores the function of the teeth, gums, and jaw and provides patients with confidence in a full, beautiful smile.

  • Partial (Removable Dentures)

dental-bridgesMuch like you would probably imagine, partial dentures differ from fixed dental bridges, in that they can be removed. Partials attach to the remaining teeth utilizing clasps or more natural-looking connectors referred to as “precision attachments.”

  • Full Dentures

Technically known as “conventional complete dentures,” these removable dental implant options can be utilized when all natural teeth are missing. Full dentures are placed in into a plastic base meant to resemble the color of your true gums. While in the mouth, they rest on the existing gum and bone tissue.

Dental Implant Care

Perhaps not surprising, it may take awhile to become accustomed to your dental implants. Partial and full dentures, for example, may require more time to get used to. It’s completely normal to have an adjustment period to become more familiar with the feel and function of dental bridges, partials, or full dentures.

It’s also important to follow the full instructions of Dr. Ravin during the healing and recovery stages specific to your type of dental implant.

Since your standing teeth are responsible for keeping a dental bridge in place, it’s crucial to keep up optimum oral hygiene and care to remaining, supporting teeth. To keep partial and complete removable dentures in prime condition, it’s vital to remove them from the mouth regularly to be cleaned. Dental bridges can be cleaned by maintaining a routine normal brushing regimen.

Are Bridges, Partials, or Dentures Right For You?

In order to know for sure what type of dental implant works best for you, we always recommend coming in for a consultation. Dr. Ravin provides dental bridges, partials, and dentures to patients on a frequent basis and will be able to guide you to the perfect solution to fit your needs and lifestyle.

If you’d like to know more about dental implants or any of our other HDG services, we’d love to hear from you today. Contact us anytime at 860-524-5194.