Advances in technology and dental care have made dentures more efficient, comfortable and attractive than the wooden false teeth of old. Dental patients are more willing to make the switch to false teeth because of these advancements. According to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics, only 33.6% of adults between the ages…
How to Choose Between Dentures and Dental Bridges
Partial dentures and bridges are two options you get to choose from when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Both are great options when you have lost a few teeth next to each other. This article will explore key differences between these two oral prosthetics so you can make an informed decision on which works best for you.
Dentures can also be a solution for those who have lost most of their real teeth since full denture sets are available. However, bridges are only an option for people who are missing a few teeth that used to be right next to each other.
How partial dentures and dental bridges work
Let us take a closer look at how these oral prosthetics work so we can explore their similarities and differences:
1. Partial dentures
Partial dentures are often made out of plastic or a combination of plastic and metal. The device comes with a framework that has artificial teeth attached to it. The framework is designed to be clipped to surrounding teeth.
Full plastic dentures are typically the cheaper alternative, but they are more likely to damage the teeth they are being clipped on. Partial dentures made out of metal and plastic tend to be the pricier option, but they are more durable and less likely to damage the teeth around them.
2. Dental bridges
Dental bridges are artificial teeth that are typically attached to the two teeth closest to the space created by the patient’s missing teeth. These teeth are called abutments, and they are often fitted with crowns to strengthen the base they provide. The three main types of bridges are:
- Traditional bridges: These are the most popular type of bridges, and they can be made from a wide range of materials like ceramics, metal, or porcelain. It works the way we described above
- Maryland bonded bridges: These types of bridges are usually made out of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. They are held in place by wings that are attached to the teeth next to the space
- Cantilever bridges: These types of bridges are recommended when there is only one tooth to anchor the bridge with
Figuring out which works best for you
What works best for each person typically comes down to the unique situation in their mouth and what their preferences are. Some key differences between the two restorations include:
- Bridges are the longer-lasting solution. They can last up to 15 years while partial dentures have to be replaced in about five years
- Partial dentures are the more affordable solution
- Partial dentures are removable while bridges are fixed in place
- Bridges require less maintenance than partial dentures – which have to be cleaned and soaked every night
- Bridges deliver more natural-looking results
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