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
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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