The best teeth are always your own teeth and your Brampton dentist will take every measure possible to ensure your natural teeth remain healthy and intact. However, in instances in which a tooth has suffered extensive damage, or is physically lost completely, it will need to be replaced. Dental Bridges and dentures are two options to restore a beautiful smile after teeth have been badly damaged or lost. Ali Dentistry offers dental bridges and dentures to the patients in Brampton, Georgetown and Caledon. Dr. Ali provides tooth restoration with dentures, fixed bridges and more for patients in Brampton, Caledon and Georgetown.
It’s important to replace a lost tooth with an artificial tooth as soon as possible to avoid the exposed tissue becoming infected and to prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position which may lead to other oral health issues.
A dental bridges is able to replace one or multiple missing teeth and is held firmly in place by the surrounding, healthy teeth. As it is a permanent treatment, a dental bridge cannot be removed once fixated in the mouth.
Dentures, or“false teeth”, are removable prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth. Supported by surrounding the soft and hard tissues of the mouth, dentures fall under two categories of design:
Partial dentures are custom made to replace one or a few missing teeth and are an option when nearby teeth are not strong enough to sustain a bridge. Partial dentures, also known as a fixed bridge, are made with one or more false teeth that are held in place between healthy teeth on either side. This type of bridge can only be removed by a dental professional.
Partial dentures will reinstate your smile back to its original fullness, but should be removed at night for cleaning.
Full dentures are used when an entire set of natural teeth are missing and work wonderfully to restore a natural looking smile, as well as renew important capabilities such as chewing (mastication) and ease of pronunciation when speaking.
Remember that dentures should be cared for as carefully as you would natural teeth.
- Keep dentures clean. Plaque can accumulate on dentures the same as it does on natural teeth. If buildup is not removed it can spread to natural teeth and gums potentially causing cavities and gum disease.
- Remove and brush dentures every night. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to brush dentures and natural teeth, running it under warm water to soften the bristles further if necessary.
- Soak dentures overnight. Dentures can be soaked in a specialized cleaner (denture cleanser), in warm water, or in a 50/50 mix of warm water and vinegar. (Note: should your dentures have metal clasps soak them in warm water only). Soaking loosens plaque and tartar allowing dentures to be removed more easily. Also remember to brush and rinse dentures before putting them back in.
- Regular dental checkups. Your mouth is constantly changing and as such, your dentures will need to be adjusted from time-to-time to ensure they fit properly. Should you have partial dentures regular visits to the dentist are all the more important to ensure your natural teeth and gums are also receiving the care they require.