A dental bridge is a ceramic structure, spanning the gap left by a missing or extracted tooth.
A ceramic tooth (pontic) is fused between two or more porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth that serve as anchors.
The anchor teeth are shaped to accommodate the crowns, and then a bridge is bonded securely over these teeth.
Traditional dentures are dentures held in the mouth by nothing other than passive retention. This means the impression of the patient’s mouth are taken (without teeth) and dentures are fabricated precisely to the underlying gum. People who have this type of denture have to rely on adhesives or pastes to keep the denture in place throughout the day.
This is especially the case on lower dentures because the ridge of bone and gum on the lower part of your mouth is not as substantial as that on the top, so the denture flops around more. A typical upper denture is usually a little more stable because it utilizes the surface area of your palate to help keep things in place.
This type of denture technically isn’t a denture at all, it’s more like a fixed bridge. Typically 4 or 6 dental implants are placed on the upper and lower arch. The denture hybrid (implant denture) is actually fixed to the implants in the mouth. This is the most stable option and does not need to be removed each night. Some other names for this type of denture are “All on 4″ or “Teeth in an Hour.” The advantage to implant supported dentures is that they are the most stable and aesthetic option; they are the best! However, due to their complex nature and the amount of dental implants necessary to support them, they are also the most expensive. If you need dentures, contact us today!
This is a denture that is essentially attached to either two dental implants or two mini-implants. You can see how this option helps to stabilize and retain the denture in the mouth. The denture will actually “click” into the two positions. Old dentures (or your existing denture) can usually be retro-fit to accommodate this new denture. This is the second best denture option for long term use. At CAPTURE LIFE DENTAL CARE we believe almost all lower dentures should be an overdenture, because otherwise the denture will flop around, making it difficult to speak, eat, and talk.