Advancements in dentistry have awarded patients a number of options for replacing missing teeth. Two effective treatments are Partial Dentures and Bridges. Both fill spaces left by missing teeth, prevent remaining teeth from shifting, and make it easier for patients to eat and speak. Yet, many wonder–which is best for me? When it comes to choosing between Partial Dentures and Bridges, you can rely on your dentist to help you make the best choice.
While partial dentures and bridges fulfill similar purposes, there are key differences in how they feel and function. Both require unique care as well. To better understand, consider the following:
Made to be removable, partial dentures are generally used to replace multiple missing teeth. To mimic the look of natural gums, the replacement teeth are attached to a pink-colored plastic base. Dentures are held in place by clasps or a metal framework.
While eating is made easier when teeth are replaced, there is a slight learning curve when wearing dentures. This is why dentists recommend that patients eat soft foods while transitioning and adjusting to their new teeth.
Often referred to as “fixed partial dentures,” bridges fill or “bridge” the gap created by one or two missing teeth. Supporting teeth on either side of the bridge are prepared so that they can support the bridge. Typically, these teeth are prepared using crowns or dental implants.
The health of the surrounding teeth is very important to maintain the integrity of the bridge.
The Best Choice
Partial dentures and bridges both benefit patients by restoring the form and function of their smile. However, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. For instance, bridges are generally better for smaller gaps, and are permanent. On the other hand, partial dentures are easier to clean and adjust, and are less expensive. Even so, the best choice will come down to which treatment enhances your oral health. Only your dentist can determine that.
Dr. Leia Porcaro at Grateful Dental is equipped to treat all facets of your smile–through every stage of life. Do you have missing teeth? Call Grateful Dental today. With a compassionate approach, Dr. Porcaro will help you make the best choice, while considering your unique needs and concerns.