If you have several missing teeth in a row or if you are getting the rest of your teeth extracted, you might be wondering about your options to replace those missing teeth. Everyone wants and deserves to be able to have a healthy diet unimpeded by the ability to chew, and everyone wants and deserves to look their best.
But what are the different types of dental solutions for missing teeth, and when are they used? Here is what you need to know.
What is a bridge in dental work?
A bridge is usually two or more “fake” teeth that are anchored in place by strong teeth or implants on either side of the gap. This is a great way to permanently fill a gap in teeth. When a dental appliance provides the same function but is removable, it is called a partial or partial denture.
What are dentures or partial dentures?
Full dentures are a removable dental appliance that mimics real teeth, but completely covers the gums and roof of the mouth. These are meant to be taken out and cleaned daily. Some people are missing some but not all of their teeth, and these patients might opt for a partial denture. Usually, dentures are not a necessity for most patients, and a hybrid denture can be much more beneficial. However, if you have significant gum or bone loss, you may not have the option of a hybrid denture.
Do hybrid dentures last forever?
It is true that implants last forever, but the dentures that snap onto them do not. When you get a hybrid denture, you’re getting a few (usually four) implants that the dentures snap onto. Not only does this mean you don’t have to remove them nightly, it also means that the roof of your mouth remains unblocked, which can make them much more comfortable.
But the dentures, just like any other dental appliance, do eventually wear down and need to be replaced. Any type of dentures—partial, full, traditional, or hybrid—will only last at most 10 to 15 years. However, with a hybrid denture you have implant posts that the denture snaps onto. These posts, the actual implants themselves, last forever.
If you aren’t sure which option is right for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment.