DenturesDentures are the traditional treatment for replacing missing teeth. There are two types of dentures, complete and partial. Complete, or full, dentures are what most people think of when dentures are mentioned. They are used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are used to replace a section of missing teeth. Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that consist of acrylic or porcelain teeth set into a rigid acrylic base.
The teeth are designed to look exactly like real teeth. The base is colored to match your natural gums, and can even be designed to look completely natural as well. This provides you with a more realistic restoration. Dentures need to be removed nightly for cleaning. They also need to be replaced approximately every seven years to ensure a proper, comfortable fit. Read more about Dentures.
Dental ImplantsDental implants are a modern solution for tooth loss. This treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone, to provide support for your replacement teeth. As you heal from surgery, your bone fuses to the posts in a process called osseointegration. This process turns the posts into replacement roots that hold your new teeth securely in place. Implants can be used to replace single missing teeth, multiple missing teeth, or an entire arch. They are a versatile treatment that provides you with a long-term, even permanent, solution. Read more about Dental Implants.
CrownsCrowns are a restorative treatment used to address damaged teeth. They are small caps that are designed to match the size and shape of the teeth they are covering. A crown encases the entire visible surface area of a damaged tooth, providing it with protection from further damage and infection while restoring its strength and allowing it to function normally. Crowns can be made from many materials, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic. While metal crowns are the strongest, ceramic provides the greatest aesthetic benefits. Read more about Crowns.
BridgesA bridge is a traditional restoration used to replace one to three missing teeth. There are a few different types of bridges, including Maryland, cantilever, and fixed. Fixed bridges are the most common, consisting of the replacement, or pontic, tooth and two dental crowns.
The pontic tooth fills in the empty space left behind by a missing tooth. The crowns are there to sit over the adjacent teeth, anchoring the bridge securely in place. While a bridge is fixed in place, it cannot stop the bone loss in your jaw and therefore will need to be replaced periodically to accommodate your changing jawbone. Read more about Bridges.
With restorative dentistry, we can help to restore proper functions to your mouth while also improving your oral health. Call Platte Valley Dental Care at (816) 219-3133 to learn more and schedule your consultation today.