Bridges and Partial Dentures: Things You Need to Know
Missing teeth can impact your bite, your speech, and your overall smile. There are many popular options for replacing missing teeth, including dental implants, fixed bridges, and partial dentures. The two significant factors for choosing a teeth replacement option are the number of misplaced teeth and their position in the mouth, and the number of remaining teeth and their condition.
Your dentist will guide you about the most suitable alternative, depending on your oral health and specific needs.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are false teeth, made from gold, metal alloys, or porcelain that are permanently fixed in your mouth. This kind of restoration is known as a bridge because it connects the gap between your remaining teeth and is secured by bonding or cementing with neighboring teeth. When there are no stable teeth nearby or multiple teeth are missing in the mouth, bridges are secured to dental implants.
Can I Have a Bridge Fitted Right After a Tooth Removal?
Your gums may require up to 6 months for proper healing, after tooth extraction. This means that you will probably have to wear a temporary denture before the bridge is fitted.
How to Care for Your Dental Bridges
You should clean your bridge daily to prevent problems, including bad breath and gum disease. Also, you must ensure to clean under the false tooth regularly. As regular toothbrushes do not provide proper cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will explain how to use a bridge needle or special floss.
What Is a Partial Denture?
Partial denture is a removable alternative for replacing teeth. Similar to a denture that substitutes a full arch of teeth, a partial denture can be removed for cleaning and sleeping. Whereas bridges are just the teeth, partial dentures are fixed into your mouth with the help of clasps or precision add-ons that fasten around your natural teeth.
How to Choose Between Plastic and Metal Partial Dentures
Your dentist will guide you for deciding between the two variants of partial dentures after looking at the status of your remaining teeth.
Although, partial plastic dentures are inexpensive to make, they may damage the teeth if they are not designed with extreme caution. On the other hand, partial metal dentures that are fabricated from a cobalt-chromium alloy are much lighter yet very sturdy. Although these partial dentures have a metal base, they have a set of natural-looking teeth and gum-colored plastic attached to them.
How to Look After Your Dentures
- Ensure to follow the cleaning instructions by the manufacturer and clean dentures every day with a non-abrasive cleaner.
- Always use a bowl of water or a doubled-up towel when cleaning your denture to prevent breakage from dropping.
- Soak your dentures regularly in a gentle denture-cleaning solution to disinfect your dentures and remove both plaque and tough stains.
- Brush them thoroughly to remove any traces of stuck food particles but avoid scrubbing too hard.
Call our dental offices in Shoreline and Milton, WA if you have any questions about teeth replacement, or you wish to book your dental appointment!