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Bridges used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. This "bridge" is then cemented into place. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, Zirconia or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

Removable partial dentures

A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.

These appliances, albeit less expensive than implant restorations, are not considered as comfortable as and therefore are used when implants are not feasible or affordable.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures can be either 'conventional' or 'immediate.' Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore, a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.



Visit our Fillings + Crowns page for information on composite resins/tooth-colored fillings and dental amalgams, as well as dental crowns, which are caps that cover a tooth or a dental implant abutment. Dentists often recommend crowns as a way to support broken, weak, or misshapen teeth.


There are many teeth whitening systems and products including whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, trays, and whitening products obtained from a dentist.

Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth respond best.

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