Bridges and Partials
Bridges and partials are great alternatives for patients looking to replace missing or extracted teeth.
When one or more teeth fail and have to be removed, or were congenitally missing, we have a few options of “replacing” those missing teeth. A consultation with Dr. Schmidly will help you to determine your individual options and the best treatment plan for you.
Bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth with false tooth/teeth in between. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by implants. Bridges help to restore your smile, your ability to properly chew and speak, and they distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing the missing teeth to prevent the other teeth from drifting out of position.
Partials, on the other hand, are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and are attached to existing teeth with clasps. These also help to restore your smile and fill in the spaces to prevent drifting of the other teeth. Partials are an economical way to replace several missing teeth with one appliance and can be taken out to be cleaned and maintained.