Dental Bridges Vs. Partial Dentures – Which Is Best?

Excerpt: It can be a tough choice to choose between the right dental appliance if you have multiple options to pick from. Do you go for the permanent solution, or the temporary one?
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It can be difficult to choose the right dental appliance to best replace a missing tooth or teeth. Do you select the permanently attached solution, or the temporary/removable option? Partial dentures and bridges have similar ways to replace missing teeth, but one is better than the other in most situations. In this article we will discuss the pros and cons of each!

Dental Bridges Vs. Partial Dentures – Are They Even Different?

Dental bridges are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth or fill the spaces between your teeth, while partial bridges are a removable/temporary one. Dental bridges will generally require multiple visits for them to be fully completed. Since there is surgery involved, this also means recovery time and the scheduling of future appointments based on the healing of the mouth. Partial dentures are a temporary solution that can also be removed by the patient without the help of the dentist.

Dental Bridges – The benefits

Dental bridges have quite a few benefits over dentures here are some of them:

  • Permanent structure – After the bridge is fitted into your mouth generally you can forget about it being there, (besides some extra cleaning).
  • Fewer cavities – There is still some of your original tooth with a bridge so you will have to remember to clean them, but the appliance will cover a lot of it. You also won’t be taking it out of your mouth so there’s less chance of bringing bacteria into your mouth.
  • Never loose them – Since you can’t take them out of your mouth, there’s no chance of losing your appliance. If you take out your dentures there’s a chance you could put them somewhere and forget where you put them.
  • Less likely to be broken – Bridges are very strong, and as long as the adhesive stays intact, they won’t break. Dentures can be broken, especially once they are out of your mouth.

Partial Dentures – The Benefits

If you’re set on partial dentures, here are some of the pros:
  • Removable – You can take them out for cleaning, or other activities.
  • Easier to clean – They can be easier to clean since you can remove them and wash them separately.
  •  No surgery – If you have serious dental anxiety, then they may be a better option as they don’t require surgery.
  • Can be cheaper – Partial dentures can start at around $700, bridges generally start at around $1,500.

Dental Bridges Vs. Partial Dentures

A bridge is the preferred choice over a set of dentures if the situation allows for it. The big drawback to bridges is that they can be difficult to clean and may be more expensive then dentures. Bridges won’t have gaps between the teeth so you must use either specialized floss with an end that you can thread through/under the teeth or a floss tool/pic. Normal floss just won’t work as you will not be able to get in between the teeth. You can also use a Waterpik® to help clean under and around the bridge even more.

You will have to pay extra attention to the cleanliness of the bridge since the gums and teeth can get infected with bacteria. However, this can also be considered a benefit of the bridge since you will be cleaning your teeth more intently on a more regular basis (hopefully, if you’re not doing that already).

If you’re still confused or concerned on which solution will be better for you situation, please consult your dentist, they will have a much better idea of what will be best for you.

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