Dentures are a very common implement for replacing lost teeth, but are they better than dental bridges? Which method is right for you?
Both methods replace lost teeth, but there are certain aspects of each that provide a better solution, depending on your particular needs.
Dentures or Dental Bridges
Whenever there is a gap in your teeth, even if it’s from just one tooth, the other teeth will shift in an attempt to fill that gap.
This can lead to an uneven bite, which can cause pain and make chewing or speaking uncomfortable.
Dentures and Dental bridges in Houston both address this issue by filling the gap with a false tooth or teeth to restore function and appearance, as well as preventing this shifting.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures can replace several teeth at once, even if they are in different locations.
They are supported by a metal frame with porcelain teeth that look, feel, and function like regular teeth.
The false teeth rest upon a plate that is colored to mimic the appearance of your gums. This helps contribute to the natural appearance while still maintaining the proper function of the teeth by aligning them properly.
Partial dentures and full dentures are removable and need to be removed and cleaned each night.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges usually only replace one or two teeth at most. For this reason, they are best suited for addressing a single tooth gap.
However, dental bridges are more permanent than dentures. They do not need to be replaced or tweaked as often as dentures, and they look even more natural.
Dental bridges do not have a mounting plate like the dentures. Instead, they are a series of three to four “teeth” (one or two false teeth and two dental crowns) that are connected by a metal framework or resin bonding.
The metal framework is completely hidden inside the false teeth and crowns, unlike dentures where you can sometimes see the framework.
Once a bridge is set and is comfortable for the patient, it is cemented into place. This means it does not need to be removed by the patient at all.
Cleaning a dental bridge is the same as your other teeth; just brush, floss, and rinse.
Which Option is Best for Me?
Dentures and dental bridges each have their own merits, and it’s ultimately up to the patient to decide which to get.
Bridges offer a more permanent solution, but to prolong their life, you must keep up with daily oral hygiene.
Dentures usually don’t require preparing any adjacent teeth, unlike dental bridges which need two prepared teeth to be covered with crowns to serve as anchor points.
Dentures do need to be adjusted and replaced about every 5 to 10 years, but dental bridges can last 15 or more years with proper care.
Dental bridges also don’t have an adjustment period where you have to get used to speaking with one in.