What’s the difference between a bridge and a partial denture?
Dental bridges and partial dentures are similar in that they fill the space left by a missing tooth. They both improve your ability to speak and chew and prevent neighboring teeth from drifting into the open space. But they accomplish the job in different ways, and there are pros and cons to each.
What Makes a Partial Denture?
We design a partial denture as a removable prosthetic to replace multiple missing teeth. A partial denture is constructed using natural-looking artificial teeth attached to a molded acrylic base that matches your gum color. Partial dentures are attached to remaining teeth with metal or acrylic clasps.
You may also hear dental bridges referred to as fixed partials, and they literally “bridge” the gap with an artificial tooth that’s attached to anchor teeth on either side of the open space. Bridges are fixed because only a dentist can remove them.
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Partial dentures tend to be less expensive and easier to adjust and repair, but they can break or get lost, unlike bridges that are securely attached to anchor teeth on either side. However, because the bridge relies on adjacent teeth for support, it’s essential that you keep them healthy with brushing, flossing, and preventive dental visits.
If you’re considering partial dentures or dental bridges in Lexington, KY, please call Garden Springs Dental, and we will be happy to answer all your questions.