Bridges vs. Dentures
Are you suffering from tooth loss? Instead of putting up with the daily embarrassment and inconveniences, you should think about visiting your dentist to discuss tooth replacement options. Bridges and dentures are two of the most common tooth replacement options and might be a suitable solution for you.
What Are Bridges?
A bridge is a restorative tooth option where an oral surgeon fills the tooth gap by implants around the gap or adjacent existing teeth to bond the prosthetic tooth in place. Bridges are a more permanent solution than dentures, and you don't have to worry about them falling out.
Bridges last between 5 to 15 years so once they are in place, you can almost forget about them. However, you need to clean them every single day and even under your replacement teeth to prevent problems such as bad breath and periodontal disease.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a more flexible option to replace missing teeth. They can be best described as a detachable plate with artificial teeth attached. The plate fits over the gums to replace gaps formed by teeth that are no longer there. You can remove your dentures overnight. However, you need to clean them regularly and care for them to avoid the build-up of stains.
There are mainly two types of dentures: plastic and metal. Plastic dentures are cheaper, but metal dentures are much stronger. Mental dentures are made from an alloy of chromium and cobalt and also have gum-colored plastic and replacement teeth designed to look natural and hide the metal.
What Is the Difference Between Bridges and Dentures?
The main difference between bridges and dentures is that dentures are removable, whereas bridges are fixed. They are fitted to your mouth permanently, but you can remove dentures every night and use them once again the very next day.
Another difference between bridges and dentures is that to get a bridge attached, you may require some extraction work to prepare your mouth. This is usually the case with dentures.
Lastly, bridges are a viable restorative option only for those who have strong and healthy teeth and good bone support. This allows easy attachment of the bridge to the bone.
How Do I Choose Between Bridges and Dentures?
Before you choose between dentures and bridges, you need to speak to a dentist or oral surgeon. They will examine you and determine whether you have strong enough teeth and bones to support a bridge. If not, dentures might be the best choice. If you qualify for both dentures and bridges, you can consider factors such as removability, the need for tooth extraction, healing processes, costs, and care routines.
Get in touch with Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS today by calling at (346) 250-2930 to find out what treatment option is the best one for you. They’ll examine you and help you weigh the pros and cons of each treatment method so you can make an informed decision.