Bridges & Dentures

Custom-Made Prostheses to Rebuild Your Smile

When you lose a tooth, the cosmetic and general effects on your smile can depend on several factors, such as the location of the tooth and why you lost it. However, all cases of tooth loss share something in common – the need to replace the lost tooth or teeth to restore your good oral health and bite function. Modern dental bridges and dentures are highly customized dental prostheses that are fashioned to address varying levels of tooth loss. By rebuilding your smile with the right prosthesis, you can regain much more than just your smile’s appearance. You also gain a higher overall quality of life due to improved oral health and bite function.

Choosing a Bridge, Partial, or Full Denture

A dental bridge is a relatively small prosthesis designed to replace a single lost tooth or multiple teeth that are adjacent. The bridge closes the gap in your smile by filling it in with highly lifelike replacement teeth (pontics).

If you’ve lost several teeth, especially if they aren’t adjacent to each other, then you may require a partial denture, which can be designed to span your dental ridge and replace only the teeth that you’ve lost. A partial denture can reduce your chances of developing bite issues due to shifting teeth or losing more teeth in the future due to complications.

If you’ve lost all of your teeth on the upper or lower dental ridge, then we can design a complete denture to replace the entire row of teeth and reestablish your bite’s full function. In many cases, a denture works best when attached to a series of dental implants, which are prosthetic posts that replace the roots of your lost teeth to offer more lifelike support for your denture.

Rebuild Your Smile with a Custom Bridge or Denture

Bouncing back from tooth loss and restoring your youthful smile is easier with a custom-designed, highly lifelike bridge or denture. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.

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