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Dental Bridges or Partial Dentures: Which Are Right for Me?

July 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_resnick @ 3:38 pm
A partial denture sitting on the palm of someone's hand

If missing teeth are affecting your oral health or confidence, there are a few options for tooth replacement to choose from, such as dental bridges or partial dentures. Although they both can restore your smile, there are a few differences that can help you determine which one is best for your unique situation. Here’s what you need to know to find out if dental bridges or partial dentures are right for you.

What Are Dental Bridges?

As the name implies, this dental restoration “bridges” the gaps made by one or more adjacent missing teeth. Dental bridges are fixed, permanent artificial replacement teeth with crowns on either end. These crowns fit over your existing teeth to securely hold them in place.

What Are Partial Dentures?

This appliance consists of replacement teeth embedded in a molded, removable acrylic or plastic plate that clips onto the surrounding teeth with small metal anchors. Partial dentures are typically used to replace multiple missing teeth.

Choosing the Tooth Replacement Option Right for You

When it comes to replacing one or more teeth, you should take a few things into consideration before choosing between dental bridges and partial dentures.

Personal Preference & Lifestyle

Consider your personal preferences and habits. A fixed dental bridge might be better for you if you won’t remember to remove and clean dentures.

The health of your teeth and gums will affect which option you are a candidate for, regardless of preference.

Bridges can only be fitted if the adjacent teeth are healthy and without underlying tooth or gum damage. Your dentist might recommend partial dentures if you have existing signs of dental trouble. If you’re missing several missing teeth around your mouth, partial dentures may be better suited for repairing your smile.

Removable vs. Fixed

The biggest difference between the two is that dental bridges are fixed in place and partial dentures are removable.

With a partial denture, you’ll have to take it out every evening before bed, clean it, and remember to put it back in every morning. However, some patients find that it’s easier for them to keep their oral health on track since partial dentures are easy to clean.

You’ll still have to clean a dental bridge. Although you can brush it like normal, you’ll need a special flossing tool to clean underneath it, adding an extra step to your oral hygiene routine.

Your Budget for Dental Appliances

In general, partial dentures are less expensive than dental bridges, costing anywhere from $650 to $2,500. Bridges can cost around $1,500 to $5,000. Plan accordingly to see what better suits your finances.

Ask your dentist about a price estimate for your case and your insurance if they’ll cover it.

Durability & Longevity

On average, dental bridges last longer than partial dentures. Proper maintenance can make your bridge or partial last longer. Bridges can last up to 15 years, and partials can last 5 to 7 years. That being said, both will be due for replacement eventually.

The most reliable way to discover whether a bridge or a denture is right for you is to visit your dentist for a consultation. Give them a call today and start your journey towards a fully restored smile!

About the Author

Dr. David S. Rosenfeld provides patients quality dental care so they can show off their pearly whites for years to come. He is an expert at enhancing smiles, combining his advanced training in cosmetic, implant, and restorative dentistry to boost your confidence. If you’re looking to replace your missing teeth, contact Dr. Rosenfeld at his website or by phone at (908) 668-7838.

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