A dental plate is a type of denture used to replace missing teeth. The more teeth that are missing, the more you need some type of dental plate so you can chew properly and speak clearly. Missing teeth also affect your confidence in your smile. Contact your local Albany County dentist for an exam and to discuss options for replacing your missing teeth that fit your needs and your budget.
Many New Yorkers don’t visit the dentist until something feels wrong. That’s the wrong way to approach your dental health. When you visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup and a cleaning, you’re more likely to catch a minor issue before it becomes a problem that requires a tooth extraction.
Don’t lose a tooth unnecessarily! One or more missing teeth causes alignment issues that affect your bite and your speech. Available options to replace your missing teeth include a dental plate. A dental appliance, a plate artificially replaces one or more missing teeth. A type of denture, a dental plate comes in a variety of types, such as:
- Partial dentures
- Dental stay plate
- Front tooth plate
Do You Need a Dental Plate?
If you’re missing teeth, you may be a good candidate for a dental plate. Where in your mouth you’re missing the teeth indicates what treatment or dental appliance would be best for you. The dental team at Albany County Dental Associates review your options with you. There are pros and cons to getting a dental plate, especially if you’re weighing a plate vs. an implant.
If you opt for a dental plate, your dentist designs a custom denture appliance for you. The type of plate you get depends on the issues you’re having with your teeth and where your missing teeth are located. Your family dentist who also practices cosmetic dentistry reviews your options with you and explains the process so you know what to expect.
Types of Dental Plates
The different types of denture plates and bridges include:
- Bridge or plate. A dental bridge is a dental restoration that fills the space of one or more missing teeth. Your dentist may have to place a crown on the neighboring teeth to act as stable abutment teeth to hold the bridge in place.
- Bridgework. False teeth can be held in place in a number of ways. You may choose from four types of bridges, including:
- Traditional dental bridges. These bridges are comprised of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, which are held in place by dental crowns. Often, these bridges are removable.
- Maryland bridges. As an alternative to traditional bridges, a Maryland bridge is made up of a single pontic that’s held in place by a metal or porcelain framework. Bonded to neighboring teeth, these bridges are not removable and are only as strong as the framework.
- Cantilever bridges. Similar to traditional bridges, cantilever bridges rely on a single-side abutment tooth instead of supporting the pontics on both sides. These removable bridges are more often used for a single missing tooth.
- Implant-supported bridges. These bridges are typically used when you’re missing a row of teeth. An implant, instead of a crown or abutment tooth, holds the false teeth securely in place. These appliances are not removable.
- Partial dental plate. A partial dental plate is a removable denture that includes an appliance that fits snugly over your gums. The false teeth are attached to a pink plastic base that you must glue in place and clean every night.
- Dental stay plate. A dental stay plate is a temporary partial denture used while your gums and the supporting bone in a specific area of your mouth are recovering after a tooth extraction. A dental stay plate replaces one or more missing teeth and helps you chew and speak. It’s a temporary solution only.
- Front tooth plate. Also known as a flipper tooth, a front tooth plate replaces one or two front teeth. The false teeth are attached to a retainer that you slip into place every day.
Caring for Your Dental Plate
You must clean your dental plate daily to prevent the buildup of plaque and other bacteria. Cleaning is important for both removable and permanent dental plates. Tips include:
- Don’t drop your plate, which can damage it. Handle your dental plate over a sink or folded towel.
- Avoid firm toothbrushes or use brushes made specifically for dentures.
- Rinse your plate after every meal and whenever you take it out or put it in.
- Remember to gingerly brush your gums too after removing your plate.
- Remove your plate at night to soak in a mild solution overnight.
Typically, most full dental insurance policies contain some kind of restorative coverage. If you have this type of dental insurance, you can expect your insurance carrier to cover about 50 percent of the cost of a dental plate, whether it’s a partial dental plate or a full denture plate. Contact your insurance provider for more detailed information.