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Dental Bridges VS Partial Dentures: Which is Best?

September 8, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — kathylamdds @ 2:17 am

Partial denture for lower archTeeth are meant to last for a lifetime, but 120 million Americans have lost at least one tooth. If you are missing a tooth or two, you have more options than ever to rebuild a complete smile. Dental bridges and partial dentures are the most traditional solutions for missing teeth, but which is right for your smile? There’s a big difference between partial dentures and dental bridges. Here’s what you need to know to make the best choice for your smile. 

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a common method of treating consecutive tooth loss. While it can treat up to 4 teeth, it’s most often recommended for 1-2 because a longer restoration can be less stable. 

A bridge recreates the portions of your lost teeth above the gum line using an impression of your mouth. Your dentist crafts the restoration to match the color, size, and shape of your real teeth to blend in with your smile. 

Unlike a partial denture, you can’t remove a bridge because it’s held in place using dental crowns. The adjacent teeth are reshaped to allow crowns to fit over them to secure your bridge. Although you need to alter healthy teeth, you won’t have to worry about the bridge falling out.

What is a Partial Denture?

A partial denture can treat non-consecutive tooth loss. Custom-made prosthetic teeth are affixed to a gum-colored base. The device has a metal framework that allows it to clip or clasp onto your remaining teeth to stay in place. As a result, you don’t need dental crowns to preserve your natural teeth. It will closely look and feel natural, so you don’t have to worry about anyone noticing they aren’t your real teeth. Unlike a bridge, a partial denture is removable for easy cleaning. Your new teeth can last for 10 to 15 years with the right aftercare, like a solid oral hygiene routine. 

Which is Right for You?

Only a trained dental professional can determine which option is best for your needs. They’ll examine your mouth and learn more about your preferences to recommend a tooth replacement method. In addition to a bridge or partial, you may also be a candidate for dental implants, which can last for decades with the proper maintenance. You’ll never have to worry about replacements while enjoying many benefits not possible using a traditional method. 

Don’t spend another day feeling embarrassed by the gaps in your smile. Your dentist will restore a healthy, functional smile that you’ll be proud to share with the world using a high-quality prosthetic. Find out which tooth replacement treatment is right for you today. 

About Dr. Kathy Lam

Dr. Lam earned her dental degree at Howard University College of Dentistry and regularly pursues continuing education to provide up-to-date services. She strives to create personalized treatment plans to meet each patient’s needs and goals. If you are ready to replace your missing teeth, Dr. Lam has a reputation you can trust. Contact our office today to request your consultation.

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