Dental bridges have been closing gaps in smiles for decades. They make the most of existing teeth to provide a complete bite and leave a lot of room for variety.
A couple of these varieties include fixed and removable bridges. What should you know about each?
A fixed dental bridge is discreet and secure. It’s made from attaching a fake tooth between two dental crowns that are cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the gap.
You won’t need to worry about this restoration falling out. Also, it looks so normal that probably no one would ever know you were missing a tooth.
On the downside, you have to clean under your bridge every day, which can be tricky. Additionally, you might have to crown two otherwise perfectly healthy teeth just to support the bridge.
Removable Bridges (“Partials”)
These bridges are usually made from a metal framework that rests on crowned or natural teeth for support. It’s like a partial denture that sits on only a couple teeth. You’ll wear it even while you eat, although it may take a bit of practice first. Sometimes, the bridge can even be made from tissue-colored acrylic.
Advantages of Removable Bridges:
– Don’t damage existing teeth
– Easier to clean
– More convenient; you can keep using it if you later decide to go through the dental implant process
– May be visible to others
– Takes some time to get used to the feel
Your lifestyle, oral health needs, and oral hygiene routine will all help determine whether a fixed or removable bridge is right for your smile.
Ask your dentist about which tooth replacement option is best for you.
Posted on behalf of:
Moores Chapel Dentistry
9115 Samlen Lane #105
Charlotte, NC 28214
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