A large number of people throughout the country have missing teeth. That said those who have missing teeth have more options when it comes to restoring their smile than ever before. For example, dental bridges and partial dentures are two of the more common options. However, there are differences between these dental appliances that should be considered. A partial denture is a type of dental implant that supports false teeth using a metal framework. This metal framework attaches to natural teeth on either side of the false teeth.
Fixed Permanently To Surrounding Natural Teeth
The system is designed to be easily removable at home so they can be taken out and cleaned thoroughly. Conversely, dental bridges are another type of dental appliance option for those who have missing teeth. A bridge is a kind of device that contains one or more false teeth that are fixed permanently to surrounding natural teeth in the area were missing teeth are an issue. In order to place a dental bridge, your dental care provider must first prepare healthy teeth on each side of the area missing teeth by filing down those teeth. This is often not the best option for some patients simply because it requires modifying otherwise perfectly healthy teeth.
Fully Functional And Visually Appealing
That is why in many cases the patient may choose partial dentures. Once the artificial tooth has been created, crowns will be fitted over the healthy teeth as a way to support the artificial tooth. This type of dental appliance is permanently cemented to healthy teeth producing a fully functional and visually appealing type of restoration. With more options than ever before, patients are able to enjoy a better quality of life and overall better dental health and oral hygiene. Contact your Walnut Creek dentist, Dr. Darvishzadeh at Walnut Creek Dental for more information on dental bridges as compared to partial dentures and which will be best for your particular dental needs.