Dental Bridge vs. Partial Dentures: Which Is Best for You?

Your teeth are necessary to chew properly and speak clearly. Each tooth is vital to the alignment of the others. If you are missing one or more teeth, the others can shift to move into the empty space. This can affect the alignment of your jaw, the shape of your face, and your smile.

If you are missing multiple teeth, you don’t need to live with a gap. Your dentist can help with a dental bridge or partial dentures. Here are some facts about both to help you decide which is right for you.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is an option if you are missing several teeth. A dental bridge is permanent. It is attached by cementing or bonding a pontic, or artificial tooth, to a natural tooth, crown, or implant. The teeth on either side of the bridge support the false teeth in the middle. Artificial teeth can be made of porcelain, alloys, or gold. You should only choose a bridge if your surrounding teeth are healthy enough to support it and if you have good oral hygiene to maintain the health of your natural teeth.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are removable. They are made to replace several missing teeth. A molded plate, which is usually made of pink acrylic material to resemble the look of your gums, is attached to replacement teeth. Partial dentures can be made with a metal framework of clasps or attachments that connect the plate to your natural teeth.

If you decide to get partial dentures, there will be a period of adjustment. You will need to learn to insert, remove, and clean them. Your dentist can help. You will also need some time to get used to eating and speaking while wearing your partial dentures.

How to Decide Which Is Right for You

Partial dentures are often used if a large number of teeth are missing and there is a chance that more teeth could be lost. A bridge is generally used for a smaller gap on one side of the mouth. Partial dentures are easier to repair and adjust than bridges and cost less, but they can be lost or broken.

Make an Appointment at Fried Dentistry

Fried Dentistry in Wallingford, Connecticut can help if you are missing several teeth. We can fit you with either a dental bridge or partial dentures so you can smile with confidence. If you have several missing teeth, schedule an appointment at Fried Dentistry today.