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Are Dentures Better Than Bridges?


Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
a pair of traditional dentures in a glass of waterMissing teeth can throw a wrench into your life. Eating becomes tricky, smiling less natural, and you might start to worry about your overall dental health. The good news is there are great options for restoring your smile. Dentures and bridges are both effective solutions, but which one suits your needs best?

What Is the Difference Between Dentures and Bridges?


Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth. They are made from an acrylic base that fits comfortably over your gums, with artificial teeth attached. Depending on your needs, dentures can be designed to replace a small section of missing teeth (partial dentures) or an entire arch (complete dentures). Bridges, on the other hand, are a fixed solution. They bridge the gap created by missing teeth. A bridge consists of artificial teeth (pontics) supported by crowns placed on the healthy teeth on either side of the space (abutment teeth).

Considerations for Choosing Dentures or Bridges


Several factors influence the decision between dentures and bridges. Here are some key considerations:

Number of Missing Teeth

Bridges are best for replacing one or a few teeth in a row. Dentures may be more suitable if you are missing several teeth or an entire arch.

Condition of Remaining Teeth

Bridges require healthy teeth on either side of the gap for support. If these teeth are weak or compromised, dentures may be a better option.

Jawbone Health

Sufficient jawbone is needed to support both bridges and some types of dentures. Your dentist will evaluate your jawbone density during your exam.

Lifestyle and Preference

Dentures require removal for cleaning and overnight soaking. Bridges are fixed and feel more like natural teeth. Your personal preference plays a significant role in this decision.

The Importance of Consulting a Dentist


The best way to determine the most suitable tooth replacement for your unique situation is to consult our dentist. They will carefully examine your mouth, discuss your concerns and goals, and explain the pros and cons of dentures vs. bridges. Together, you can choose the solution that restores your smile and helps you enjoy a better quality of life.




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