Bridges or Partial Dentures: Which is Better?

7 Oct 2019 by  Ali Long in Dental Implants Resources

People can experience tooth loss for a variety of reasons, and restoring confidence and appearance are obvious goals when seeking dentistry with a bridge or partial dentures. Both appliances can make eating, talking and smiling much more comfortable. They both bridge spaces, improve your ability to chew and speak and prevent teeth from shifting out of alignment. So how do you decide which is a better tooth replacement option?

Dental bridge can look and feel natural

A dental bridge can span the gap of one or more missing teeth and is made up of porcelain or ceramic restorations that are either cemented to your teeth (permanent) or anchored with metal clips (removable). Bridges, due to their design, are usually recommended to patients who have a few lost teeth within proximity to one another. Both fixed and removable dental bridges offer various advantages, such as:

  • Excellent for correcting small gaps
  • Natural appearance
  • Strong and durable
  • Provides better comfort for chewing and speaking
  • Helps maintain the shape of your face
  • Only 2 office visits to complete your bridge restoration
  • Can last 5-15 years

Advantages of partial dentures
Partial dentures are designed to replace multiple missing teeth and are often recommended for patients who have lost teeth on both sides of the mouth. Removable partial dentures usually have clasps that wrap around healthy neighboring teeth to keep them secure. These clasps can be made of a resin material, or they may be part of a larger metal framework.

Some of the key benefits of partial dentures include:

  • Restore comfort, functionality and appearance
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Less invasive – there is no surgery or damage to abutment teeth
  • Excellent for correcting widespread tooth loss
  • Easy and cost-effective to repair if damaged or broken
  • If additional teeth are needed, they can be adapted

Are there other tooth replacement options?

Dental implants are another solution to replacing one or more missing teeth. These restorations correct the same issues addressed by bridges and partial dentures and are renowned for their durability and natural appearance. A titanium screw replaces a tooth’s root and anchors the implant securely in place. The abutment is topped with a crown that is custom made to mimic the hue, color, and shape of the original tooth. Implants are not attached to neighboring teeth and can last for several decades as long as patients maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. While the initial investment is higher, implants offer an excellent aesthetic result and do not need replacing every so often, thus reducing ongoing maintenance costs.

Discuss the best approach for your needs

Today’s patients have multiple options for replacing damaged and missing teeth. There are unique advantages to partial dentures, bridges and dental implants, all of which will be discussed when assessing the best approach for your needs.

At Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntington Station, we can help you find an approach that will keep you smiling for years to come. This solution will hinge on several factors, including the location and number of missing teeth, your oral health, aesthetic goals, and budgetary concerns. Keep in mind that we accept most dental insurance plans and offer flexible financing options.

Get started by scheduling a one-on-one consultation with Huntington, LI dentists today. Call today to request an appointment.

Additional Resources:

  1. Colgate, Partial Denture Vs. Dental Bridge: What Are The Differences? https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/dentures/partial-denture-vs-dental-bridge-what-are-the-differences-
  2. DentalHealth.org, Bridges and partial dentures https://www.dentalhealth.org/bridges-and-partial-dentures
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