Partial Dentures vs Dental Bridges

There are many different solutions for a lost tooth or group of teeth. Two common options for dental repair are partial dentures and dental bridges. In this article we will cover the key similarities, differences, pros, and cons to both dental bridges and partial dentures. If you live in the Greater Boston area and are interested in receiving any restorative dental work, want to change/adjust existing restorative dental work, or have questions in general, we would be happy to help. For more information about our dental services, please contact our team, or click below to schedule an appointment with a member of our team. 

How Do Dental Bridges and Partial Dentures Work?

Both dental bridges and partial dentures help to replace teeth. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a group of teeth. A dental bridge is non-removable and is fixed in place by attaching the false teeth to nearby healthy teeth using dental crowns as anchors. A partial denture is a removable appliance that fits in between teeth. It is similar to a retainer. It is designed to fit your mouth and hook on to the surrounding teeth but can be removed whenever you would like to remove it. 

What Are the Differences Between Bridges and Partial Dentures?

The key differences between partial dentures and dental bridges are in their functionality. Dental bridges are a more permanent solution and have some key benefits. A dental bridge provides better biting functionality for when you are eating since it is locked in place. By comparison a denture can move which can cause issues when eating. Bridges also provide more stability to your mouth overall. Different patients might have different opinions when it comes to removability. Some patients might prefer that their tooth replacement can be removed, while others might consider getting a more permanent option like a bridge that feels closer to a replacement of the tooth or teeth that are missing. One key difference between these treatments is price. Partial dentures tend to be less expensive than dental bridges depending on where you live, your dentist office, and your insurance plans. 

Can You Switch From A Partial Denture to a Dental Bridge?

Some patients who receive one treatment might consider switching treatments later in life. If they are having issues with their partial denture or are annoyed with having to remove it, clean it, and remember to put it in each day, they might consider switching to a dental bridge for example. Dentists who provide dental bridge services and other restorative procedures can help you switch at any time. If you are unhappy with the current dental application you have, consider reaching out to a local restorative dentist in your area. 

Restorative Dentists in Greater Boston

here at All Pro Dental our team of dental experts can help you with a variety of restorative dental services. If you are missing a tooth or a group of teeth, we can help you with replacement options. We can also help you change your existing treatment or replace any existing dental applications as needed. If you are interested in dental services with our team, please give us a call for more information. 

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