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By Douglas Goff, DDS
September 25, 2014
Category: Dentures

DenturesWe tell you what makes these two tooth replacement procedures different.

When it comes to replacing a tooth, the online literature can be a bit mind-boggling. It can either be too complicated or laden with heavy medical terminology, or it can be altogether inaccurate. So let’s make this a bit easier. If you’ve been doing your research and trying to find out more about dental bridges and partial dentures in Columbus, but you still find yourself scratching your head, then let’s break this down for you!

What are partial dentures?

Sometimes simply referred to as partials, this prosthetic contains an artificial tooth or teeth that are attached to a gum-colored plastic. Unlike bridges, partial dentures are removable. There are clasps or hooks attached to the plastic that fit around existing teeth to stabilize the partial dentures.
 

What are dental bridges?

While they also fill in gaps in your smile, dental bridges are permanent and fixed structures in the mouth (so you can’t remove them like you would partials). There are different kinds of dental bridges available including traditional fixed bridges and resin-bonded bridges.
 

What are the major differences?

Besides the removable versus fixed characteristic, there are several other traits that make these treatments as different as night and day:
  • Partials are often a more practical option when future tooth loss might occur. Also, new teeth can be added to partial dentures easily and rather inexpensively, too. Dental bridges are only a good option if your neighboring teeth are strong enough to support this prosthetic. Your Columbus dentist will be able to determine if you possess strong enough bone support to get dental bridges.
  • Since partials are removable, they are often easier to clean; however, this also means they are less likely to retain their shape then a fixed dental bridge.
  • While the partial has hooks that attach to neighboring teeth, dental bridges have a more in-depth process. This involves shaving down the neighboring teeth to prepare them for crowns. These two crowns are on either side of the pontic, which is an artificial tooth used to replace the missing tooth.

Call Douglas Goff, D.D.S. Today!

To find out which option is best for you when it comes to replacing missing teeth, it’s important that we exam your smile first. If you’re interested in getting partial dentures or dental bridges in Columbus, then let’s set you up with a consultation. Once we see what we are working with, we’ll be able to recommend a procedure to fully restore your smile.
 
Have you gone through the partial denture versus fixed bridge decision-making process? If so, what was the deciding factor for you and how did your smile improve after the procedure? Share your stories with us!
 

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