Do you know the difference between a fixed and removable bridge?
Understanding the pros and cons of each will help you make the right decision if you ever need to replace a tooth or two.
Fixed Dental Bridges
A fixed bridge is often made from porcelain to resemble the color and texture of natural teeth. It sits anchored to two natural teeth via dental crowns and its middle portion spans the gap in between with an artificial tooth.
Fixed bridges don’t come off once they go on. These restorations will stay in your mouth until something happens that weakens the teeth supporting it.
You might prefer a fixed bridge if you want a restoration that looks natural and has no risk of falling out. There are a couple of downsides: fixed bridges can be difficult to clean under and they also weaken the capped teeth they rest upon.
Removable Dental Bridges
A removable dental bridge is also known as a partial denture. It’s made of one or more fake teeth suspended on an acrylic frame. Sometimes, the frame is reinforced with a metal base and clasps.
You can take out a removable bridge for easy cleaning. A partial denture doesn’t require sacrificing the health of two of your natural teeth to support it. But it may not be the best option if you wouldn’t want anyone to find out you wear something that you take in and out.
Fixed or Removable Bridge – Which Is Right for You?
You’ll want to carefully discuss the pros and cons with a dental professional before you decide. Talk with your local dentist to find out which restorative option is best for both your oral health and your lifestyle.
Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
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