Our teeth are important for a variety of reasons, but their primary purpose is to allow us the ability to eat. Eating is essential for living and our teeth can help us break down the food so that it is easily digestible for our stomachs. When problems arise and the adult natural teeth are lost or extracted, this can make it difficult not only to eat but for speaking. The smile may not be nearly as aesthetic after tooth loss either, causing reduced confidence and even embarrassment. This is why the team of Vivid Dental in Houston, TX is here to help. We provide patients with tooth replacement options to restore their smile and allow them to feel (and function!) more like themselves!
Tooth replacement options available at Vivid Dental include dentures and bridges.
Dentures come in two types including partial dentures and full cosmetic dentures. Partial dentures are suitable for patients who are replacing one or several teeth within the top or bottom dental arches. These are made of metal and acrylic and snap into place to replace the missing teeth. Many patients consider these as a temporary solution to maintain “placeholders” for the existing teeth to keep them from shifting out of place and causing unwanted gaps. Full cosmetic dentures are used to replace a full arch of teeth. These are used in situations where patients have had devastating effects to their smile due to disease or trauma. Full cosmetic dentures are held in place with natural suction and denture adhesives and allow patients to repair more severe cases.
Bridges are a more permanent solution for patients who do not want to deal with removable or temporary treatments. Bridges are made of fake teeth fused to dental crowns which are bonded over the surrounding teeth for support. These are fabricated to match the existing teeth to allow for seamless integration into the smile. Many patients love bridges because they restore efficiency to the smile while also repairing the aesthetics of the smile as well. This allows patients to maintain their confidence and the functionality of their teeth all at the same time without worrying about the natural appearance.