Dentures and Bridges

Restore the natural shape of your mouth and feel more confident with dentures that fit well and are comfortable. In Summerland, BC, residents can turn to the professionals for this valuable service. Here at Summerland Dental Centre, we’ll provide you with personal attention as we answer your questions and carefully fit your dentures for a higher level of comfort and easier care.

We’re committed to patient satisfaction

We offer excellent customer service and open communication. We have competitive rates to help you save, and convenient appointments are available throughout the week. We hope that you’ll be pleased with our:

  • Friendly service
  • Comfortable and relaxing atmosphere
  • Gentle and thorough care

 

If you’re in Summerland, Penticton, or the surrounding areas, then give us a call for your initial consultation. We’ll see if dentures are the right choice for you and explain some of your other options.

Dentures and Bridges

SEVERAL TEETH MISSING

Benefits with fixed bridge on implants:

In this case, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the only fixed alternative. Traditional dentures can’t offer the same stability or function. Having dental implants replacing your lost back teeth will give you new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.

  • The only fixed alternative in this situation.
  • A stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want
  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss

Treatment:
After the initial examination, you can expect 4-5 additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached. It is normal to experience some minor bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissue afterwards. Any discomfort is usually treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.


COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP
Multiple teeth replacement

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

Summerland-Dental-bridge-implant-Before the procedure

1) Before the procedure
Three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only real replacement alternative is installing a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.

Summerland-Dental-bridge-Installing the implant

2) Installing the implant
First, the implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session. A temporary bridge may be placed at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal almost immediately after leaving the dentist.

Summerland-Dental-bridge-implant-Attaching the bridge

3) Attaching the bridge
The implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached. This is normally done 1-2 months after the implant installation. The time will vary, depending on the teeth affected and the esthetic demands.

Summerland-Dental-bridge-implant-End result

4) End result
The new bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.

ALTERNATIVES TO FIXED BRIDGE

Summerland-Dental-removable-partial-denture

Removable partial denture
This alternative is often perceived as uncomfortable and a bit complicated to use. Function can’t be compared to that of a bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects its look. It is quite expensive to fabricate due to its many parts. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spared.

INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP
Single tooth replacement

Benefits of an all-ceramic crown on implant:
When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

In this case, a so-called one-piece implant is used. This means that all components are installed as a single unit, resulting in immediately full functioning teeth, shorter treatment time and minimized pain.

  • Immediately functioning teeth
  • Excellent esthetic result
  • Life long, stable solution

Treatment:
This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.


COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE NEW TOOTH – STEP-BY-STEP
Single tooth replacement

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition

Summerland-Dental-single-implant-Before the procedure

1) Before the procedure
The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.

Summerland-Dental-single-implant-Installing the implant

2) Installing the implant
The implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you eat and function like normal almost immediately.  The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.

Summerland-Dental-single-implant-Attaching the new crown

3) Attaching the new crown
The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.

Summerland-Dental-single-implant-End result

4) End result
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean.

Summerland-Dental-Tooth-supported-fixed-bridge

Tooth-supported fixed bridge
A traditional bridge involves grinding down adjacent teeth to support the bridge. It is a stable solution with good esthetics and function that is fairly easy to install. However, this alternative has two main disadvantages: continuous bone resorbtion in the edentulous area, and sacrificing healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge.

Summerland-Dental-Removable-partial-denture

Removable partial denture
This is not a permanent alternative to a lost tooth. It is unstable and loosely attached, which affects both function and comfort. A removable partial denture is made of plastic – a material that can’t create the same esthetic result as a ceramic crown. The benefits are few but do exist: adjacent teeth aren’t affected. It is easily and quickly installed and relatively cheap.

Summerland-Dental-Resin-bonded-bridge

Resin-bonded bridge
This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly installed, functions well and, since it is made of ceramic, it gives a high esthetic result. Moreover, natural healthy teeth aren’t affected. But it is not very permanent. The resin-bonded bridge will eventually come off – probably after just a couple of years – and will then have to be reinstalled.

The staff at Summerland Dental Centre are looking forward to assisting you, and we’re ready to help you reclaim your beautiful smile and self-confidence. Call today.

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