Modern dentistry has come a long way, and there are treatment options available today from our dentist in Bay City, MI, Dr. Matthew Ward, that can save teeth that would have been completely beyond help just a few decades ago. Occasionally, however, even with all the dental science and technology available today, we are unable to save our patients’ teeth once they reach a point of no repair. At that time, alternative solutions need to be considered.
Whatever the reason for tooth loss, there is definitely still a need for dentures and partial dentures, and we’re always happy to advise our patients on the best solutions.
Dental bridges are a good option for anyone who has a space between healthy teeth, or who has or would be willing to get, dental implants on either side of a space to support a bridge between them.
Bridges are permanent, while dentures are usually removable, which makes dental bridges an attractive proposition for anyone looking to replace one or two teeth.
Dental bridges can be traditional, where one or two false teeth are supported by crowns attached to adjacent teeth, or they might be cantilevered (attached to just one tooth) or attached to implants.
Whichever method is chosen for your bridgework, Dr. Ward, our dentist in Bay City, MI, will take x-rays of the area, and may prepare the adjacent tooth or teeth for crowns before taking impressions. These impressions will be used to manufacture the bridge, and once that is ready, it will be permanently bonded to the teeth or implants that will anchor it in place.
Full dentures are a great option for anyone who has lost or will lose all of their teeth to accident, injury, periodontal disease, or decay. They can be the traditional type of dentures that are fully removable, or they can be one of the newer types of dentures that are attached to dental implants.
Dr. Ward will take impressions of your mouth, and these will be used to manufacture your dentures for a beautiful smile. Generally, while dentures can correct major issues with your smile, and give you a whiter shade of a smile, your dentist will try to stay as close as possible to your natural smile with dentures. No one has absolutely perfect teeth, after all, and dentures that are impossibly perfect are too easy to spot!
Once manufactured and provided you have healed from any surgery that might have been required to remove any teeth, your dentist will fit your dentures and make minor adjustments. You may have one or more follow-up appointments to make adjustments to your denture while you are getting used to them.
Dr. Ward will be able to explain all of your options, maintenance and replacement cycles when you discuss your dentures.
Partial dentures are similar to full dentures, in that they are usually removable, but instead of being for your whole mouth, they are made to fill just specific areas of your smile.
The process to manufacture partial dentures is similar, with Dr. Ward making impressions, and sending them to a lab for manufacturing, but unlike a full set of dentures, they will also have to match the opposite side of your smile, and the color of the teeth. So, there is less opportunity to alter the appearance of your smile with partial dentures.
The Right Treatment for You
Deciding whether full dentures, partial dentures, bridges, implants or something else is the right treatment for you is something that is best done in consultation with Dr. Ward, your dentist in Bay City, MI.
A variety of factors, including your lifestyle, the condition of your teeth, and the results you want all play a role in the decision, and it’s always best to discuss your needs and weigh your options before deciding.
For more information about full or partial dentures, or alternative options, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ward, our dentist in Bay City, MI, by calling