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What’s the Difference Between a Partial Denture and a Bridge?

What’s the Difference Between a Partial Denture and a Bridge?

When you have missing teeth, you definitely want to replace them. It’s not an uncommon condition either: Only 48% of adults aged 20-64 have all of their permanent teeth. Having missing teeth in your mouth has plenty of effects on your appearance and health. One of the biggest effects of missing teeth is that it changes your facial structure, causing your cheeks to look sunken.

Missing teeth also affect your bite. You may find that you can’t eat quite the same anymore without all of your teeth. You do have options to replace your missing teeth, the biggest of which is a partial denture and a bridge. The providers at Bucktown Dental explain more about these options and how to choose which one is right for you.

Causes of missing teeth

You can have a missing tooth due to several reasons. One of the most common reasons for missing a tooth is decay. If your teeth become severely decayed, you can end up losing a tooth.

Other reasons for missing teeth include the following:

If you have missing teeth, you can and should do something about it.

The effects of missing teeth

If some of your teeth are missing, you might think you can just live with them and learn to adapt. But the reason you shouldn’t just try to live with having missing teeth includes the following important reasons. A missing tooth:

Having a missing tooth has a lot of effects on your health, so you should replace it as soon as possible.

The partial denture option

Partial dentures are a single fixed appliance that you can place in your mouth. They’re also removable so that you can clean them underneath.

Getting a partial denture is a process that has five 5 steps. They are as follows:

Partial dentures are a very affordable option for replacing missing teeth. However, many people find it a less desirable choice because it doesn’t look natural and you can feel the dentures in your mouth. It’s also a less invasive option than getting a bridge.

Getting a bridge

A bridge is a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth. Getting a bridge includes the following steps:

Bridges are permanent solutions, so you can’t remove them. But you will need to floss differently around them, which the dental hygienist will show you how to do.

Whether you choose a partial denture or a bridge, either one will suit your needs very well. If you’re missing teeth and are looking to replace them, contact the providers at Bucktown Dental or request an appointment online.

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