If you have one or more teeth missing, you have more than one option when it comes to selecting the best replacement solution for you. If you are considering bridges and dentures, then you should evaluate which of the two will provide you with optimal oral health benefits and dental hygiene according to your lifestyle and dental needs.
Each and every tooth in your mouth plays a vital role in maintaining the proper alignment of teeth. When the spaces are not filled that are left behind due to tooth loss, big problems can arise. From bone loss to shifting and shape changes of the jaw itself; if you are missing a tooth it is imperative that you seek professional help to discuss the best replacement options for you.
Bridges versus Partial Dentures
When you are deciding between a bridge or partial denture, you must consider how well each will work with your remaining teeth. Both of the solutions will work to prevent movement within the mouth, as well as to improve the function of the mouth by restoring the ability to speak and chew. But, ultimately which solution will work best for you will depend largely on the structure of your existing teeth and overall oral health.
Partial dentures may prove to be the best solution if you have a large number of teeth missing that need to be replaced. Also, if there is a high probability that you will experience further tooth loss, then your dentist may recommend a partial denture over a bridge. Bridges will work best if you have a small gap on the same side of the mouth that needs filling. Partial dentures are generally easier to adjust and repair and are usually less expensive than bridges. However, partial dentures can more easily become lost or broken, while a bridge will remain safely intact, as it is a fixed replacement solution as opposed to removable.
In either case, if you are faced with the decision to choose a partial denture over a bridge as a replacement option, it is important to discuss both options with your dentist.