In the United States alone, an estimated 178 million people are missing at least one tooth. Though there are a variety of ways to replace missing teeth and complete your smile, such as bridges and partial dentures, it can be difficult to know which one is the best option for you. To help you learn more about what kind of replacement is best for you, here are some key differences between partial dentures and bridges.
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are a dental restoration that replaces some of a person’s teeth. Partials are removable, which makes it easy to clean them thoroughly. They include an artificial gum-colored acrylic base with replacement teeth mounted to them. Partial dentures may have metal framework and clasps that connect to the teeth. They can also be attached to your mouth using precision attachments which generally look more natural than clasps.
What’s a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge replaces one or more consecutive missing teeth and consists of at least three connected crowns. Two of the crowns anchor the bridge by attaching to abutment teeth on either side of the gap with a replacement tooth called a pontic in-between. Pontics can be made from alloys, gold, porcelain, or a combination of two or more of these materials.
Which One Should I Choose?
Though bridges and partials are both great ways to replace missing teeth, there are a few differences to consider when trying to decide which one is the best choice for your smile. Dental bridges are the better option for replacing teeth that are missing consecutively. Bridges can last up to 15 years and look completely natural, but they’re more expensive and require the removal of healthy tooth enamel to accommodate dental crowns. They can be brushed while in your mouth but can be difficult to floss under. On the other hand, partial dentures can replace missing teeth throughout the mouth and are more cost-effective. That said, they only last 5 to 7 years and have to be taken out of your mouth to be cleaned and soaked overnight.
Before deciding which restoration you want, speak with your dentist to see what they recommend. Whether you choose a bridge or a partial, your smile is sure to look as good as new!
About the Practice
With three talented dentists and a friendly staff of oral health experts under one roof, Comprehensive Dental is beautifying Lincoln Park one smile at a time. They offer a variety of oral healthcare treatments including several teeth replacement options such as dental bridges and partial dentures to bring back your smile’s former glory. With convenient hours and a safe, comfortable office environment, quality care is just a phone call away. To learn about their various tooth replacement options, call Comprehensive Dental at (973) 633-5666 or visit their website for more information.