Dentures & Bridges Complete Belmont Smiles
Your mouth should provide dependable function in complete comfort, which isn’t possible if teeth are missing. One or more missing teeth impose a greater workload on remaining teeth. As a result, remaining teeth shift out of position to compensate. This changes a person’s bite, or occlusion, meaning it alters the way upper and lower teeth fit together. Here are a few things you should be aware of:
- A misaligned bite can cause TMJ disorder, teeth grinding, and headaches
- Misaligned and missing teeth detract from an otherwise attractive smile
- Unreplaced teeth increase a person’s potential to lose more teeth
- Missing teeth can negatively affect eating, chewing, speaking, and confidence
- People without any teeth statistically do not live as long as those with a full set of teeth
Dr. Salibian can replace your missing teeth, treat bruxism, and restore proper occlusion with modern dental prosthetic appliances.
He offers crown and bridgework, commonly called bridges, to replace one tooth or a few missing teeth in a row. Bridges are secured with crowns placed on neighboring, healthy teeth, and they are fixed (non-removable) prosthetics.
A partial denture, or partial, will replace multiple missing teeth on the upper or lower arch. The appliance can be fixed or removable. In most cases, partials are anchored to hidden clasps on healthy teeth.
Full dentures consist of a full row of teeth for the upper or lower arch. They can be held in place by denture adhesive or natural suction. Some patients experience slipping, ill-fitting, or loose dentures. In this situation, Dr. Salibian may recommend implant stabilization with overdentures. Dental implants are small, biocompatible metal anchors that replace teeth roots. Learn more about dental implants here.