Almost everyone is acquainted with those commercials where dentures are being put in a glass of water with those cleaning tablets that are fizzy, and by the morning the owner gets a new shiny set of teeth ready to be worn again.
Or, there is also yet another particular commercial which is sort of funny, the one where a lady really struggles to keep on her dental crown while out on a date. These are all hilarious, but not when it happens to you…
Nowadays, if people go for regular checkups at the dentist, and if they respect the daily teeth brushing and flossing regimen, chances are that they can keep their natural teeth strong and healthy for long.
However, there are unfortunately those unpredictable accidents that may leave one without their natural teeth, or health conditions such as mouth cancer that will greatly affect one’s oral health. In such cases, people need to make a decision, and see which those types of dentures and crowns that would work best in their case are.
Whichever the health condition that has left one without teeth, people need them back for eating, speaking, and being able to smile. This is where restorative dentistry comes in.
The dentures actually replace an entire set of teeth, whether the upper, lower set or even both depending on how many teeth one is missing. The most important thing is to have these dentures fixed well, so that they will look and feel comfortable.
One of the disadvantages however is that when the teeth are missing, as time passes by the gums will shrink. This definitely calls for a readjustment of the dentures, or some patients might need an entirely new set of dentures to fit correctly in the mouth and gums area.
Dentures are not that easy to take care of, and most importantly, one is not allowed to put them in water (dentures tend to absorb the moisture and soften with time). It’s important to take good care of the health of the gums, because the healthier they are, the less they will shrink with time.
Bridges on the other hand are generally used when there can be found healthy teeth on both sides of a missing tooth (or several missing teeth). Dental bridges can be removable or fixed, and whichever you decide to choose, the health of the gums is of utmost importance here too.
Both dentures and bridges are two dental procedures still in great use today. Together with your dentist, you will decide which solution is more appropriate for you, and you will soon have a bright and white smile, and will be able to enjoy life as you did when you had your natural set of teeth.