Replacing teeth in Longview: Are partials right for you?

We all hope to keep our natural teeth for life, but that is not always possible. There are a number of factors from oral injury to insidious gum disease that can cost you some or all of your teeth. Fortunately, there are many options for filling that gap. You are probably familiar with full dentures, which are the most common solution for complete tooth loss. However, you may not have considered dentures if you are only missing a few teeth.

Partial dentures are designed to fit around your existing teeth and replace those that are missing. Several styles are available, all of which are removable for convenient oral hygiene. Because they do not require any alteration to existing teeth, partials can be replaced with a fixed bridge or implant supported restoration in the future. This makes them a good temporary or permanent solution in many situations.

Benefits

Partial dentures may be right for you if:

  • You are undecided about a permanent restoration.
  • You prefer to postpone getting a bridge or implant for financial or scheduling reasons.
  • You are not a good candidate for a bridge or implant.
  • A temporary appliance is needed during the implant healing process, before permanent restorations are placed.

Alternatives

Some patients love the convenience of a removable appliance, and find partials to be very comfortable and functional. However, some people prefer the stability of a fixed restoration, making implants or a bridge a better option. Additionally, when a tooth is lost the bone in that region begins deteriorating, in a process known as resorption. Only dental implants can prevent or inhibit this process.

Dr. Clint Bruyere offers a full range of solutions to meet your needs. After a thorough examination, he will explain your options and help you choose the best one based on your oral health and preferences. Whether you choose dentures, a fixed bridge, or an implant supported restoration, you can count on receiving top-notch treatment, delivered with gentle compassion.

You don’t have to live with embarrassing gaps or poorly fitting restorations. Call 903.708.6116 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruyere today, and learn why Longview residents have trusted their smiles to him for nearly three decades.

 

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