You may have lost some of your teeth. Do you find it difficult to bear the pain and inconveniences that come with tooth loss? A partial denture or a dental bridge may be the right solution for you. But is one better than another? This blog will cover both types of dentures to make an informed decision about which one is best for you.
A partial denture, a removable prosthetic made to fit your natural teeth, is a custom-made and removable option. The small metal attachments keep it secure while eating and speaking. Although partial dentures may not be as safe as fixed-type tooth replacements, they allow you to enjoy most foods without any worries. While partial dentures may take some time to get used to, most people find it easy to live with them.
A fixed bridge is also called a traditional partial denture or a traditional dental bridge. It is not removable. Instead, the crowns are fixed to the teeth adjacent to space (the "abutment teeth") of your mouth. The abutment tooth must be modified slightly to make the bridgework. You can make bridges from many materials, such as gold, alloys, or porcelain. Patients find that caring for their bridges is simple and easy.
Which is Right for You?
The dentist will examine your mouth and recommend the correct type of tooth restoration. They will assess the extent of tooth loss and the health status of your remaining teeth before making a treatment recommendation.
A partial denture might be the right fit for you if the following conditions are met:
- In a dental arch, you may have lost multiple teeth in different places.
- You are worried about the cost of restorative dental work
- Your remaining natural teeth may not be strong enough for a bridge.
- One or two teeth are missing from your mouth.
- It would help if you had a safe solution that gives you a strong bite force.
- Your abutment tooth is strong enough for the support of the bridge.
- You want your new teeth to look as natural as possible. A porcelain bridge is nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Both partial and complete dentures can be used to replace teeth. It all depends on your circumstances which one is right for you.
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This includes four general dentists as well as two specialists. We are proud that we offer various therapeutic options, including partial dentures, fixed bridges, and even dental implant services. Please find out how we can help rebuild your damaged teeth.