Dentures vs Bridges: What's the Difference?

Missing teeth will not only make it harder to smile with confidence but also affect your ability to speak, bite down, and chew your food properly. 

If you are looking into restorative dentistry, you may want to learn more about dentures, bridges, and the difference between the two. 

This article from Eagle Mountain Dentistry will tell you everything you need to know. 

What Are Dentures and How Do They Work? 

Dentures are removable prosthetics that can be used to replace missing teeth. Depending on your needs, they can be manufactured to fit both the upper and lower jaws (complete or full dentures) or only on one arch (partial dentures.)

What Are Dental Bridges? 

Dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices used to replace one or more missing teeth. Their name comes from the fact that they "bridge" the gap between missing teeth. 

Bridges come in various types:

  • Traditional bridges: These are the most common type of bridge and involve placing a crown on the tooth on either side of the gap and then connecting it with an artificial tooth or teeth. 
  • Cantilever bridges: These are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. They are usually used for front teeth. 
  • Maryland bonded bridges: This type of bridge consists of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. 
  • Implant-supported bridges: As the name suggests, these bridges are supported by dental implants. The dentist will place a single implant for the missing teeth on each side of the gap. The implants will then be used to hold the bridge in place.

The Differences Between Dentures and Bridges? 

Both dentures and bridges serve the same purpose. They replace missing teeth and restore your oral health. But, they do it in different ways. 

  • Fixed vs. Removable: One of the main differences between dentures and bridges is that dentures are removable, while bridges are permanently fixed in your mouth. 
  • Different Requirements: Dentures are often used when most or all of the teeth are missing in one or both jaws. Bridges, on the other hand, are usually used when only one or a few teeth are missing and are supported by the natural teeth or implants next to the gap.
  • Your Oral Health Matters Too: If you are considering a dental bridge, you need healthy teeth to support this prosthetic. Dentures can be used even if most of your teeth are missing or unhealthy, as they can sit directly on the gums or be supported by dental implants.
  • Both Require an Adjustment Period: Some people may find dentures uncomfortable or difficult to get used to as they can move or click during eating or speaking if not properly fitted. Bridges function more like natural teeth, but still require a bit of time to get used to. 

Which One Is Right for You? 

Contacting a dentist near you can help you determine which oral restoration solution fits your needs best. 

Book your appointment with Eagle Mountain Dentistry today.

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