What is the difference between a bridge and a partial denture?
When it comes to tooth replacement you have more than one option. However, many people don’t know the difference between these options and this is especially true when we talk about partial denture and bridges.
A dental bridge is a dental prosthetic that is fixed in the mouth permanently. A partial denture is another type of dental prosthetic, but this denture can be removed if needed.
Partial dentures are usually chosen because they are a more affordable solution compared to dental implants and bridges. The vast majority of these partial dentures work in a similar fashion – dentists use a moulded base with metal clasps in order to place an artificial tooth. The metal clasps represent tiny hooks placed around the natural teeth located on one of the sides next to the missing tooth. The moulded base, which usually represents an acrylic tinted pink in order to get more natural look, lies directly on the gums. When it comes to the upper teeth, the base relies on the roof of the mouth. Thanks to the base and clasps, the base is stabilized and the tooth is fixed in one place all the time.
There is no doubt that a partial denture can be a good solution especially when it comes to patients that are facing increased risk of tooth loss in the near future. It is quite simple to add new teeth to the existing partial denture. To reiterate, most partials are made of metal clasps and hard acrylic, but in recent time dentists are also using nylon. This material is very durable and resistant. In some cases, dentists use vinyl too.
With bridges the solution is permanent. The process of installing bridges requires partial shaving of the surrounding teeth and using porcelain crowns.
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