When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental bridges and dentures are two of the most popular options available. Both of these dental restorations serve the same purpose; they help restore your smile and improve your oral health. However, they differ in terms of how they work and their benefits. Understanding the differences between the two can help you decide which option is right for you.
A bridge typically has two or more crowns that Dr. Romay will place on either side of the gap in your smile. These crowns are attached to a false tooth, known as a pontic, which fills in the gap. Additionally, bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, and alloys.
One of the main benefits of dental bridges is that they are a fixed restoration. This means that they are permanently attached to your existing teeth, keeping them in place. This makes bridges a more stable option than dentures, which can slip and move around in the mouth. Additionally, bridges look and feel like natural teeth, which can help to restore your confidence and self-esteem.
Another benefit of dental bridges is that they are a long-lasting solution. With proper care and maintenance, a bridge can last for many years. This makes it a relatively cost-effective option in the long run. Bridges are also relatively easy to maintain, requiring regular brushing and flossing.
However, one of the downsides of dental bridges is that they do require healthy teeth on either side of the gap in order to support the restoration. This means that if you have multiple missing teeth or your surrounding teeth are not strong enough, bridges may not be a suitable option for you.
Dentures are removable dental restorations that you can use to replace missing teeth. Depending on your type of missing teeth, you can get either a full or partial set. They have a gum-colored base that your dentist will fit over your gums.
One of the main benefits of dentures is that they are a non-invasive and affordable option for replacing missing teeth. They do not require any surgery or invasive procedures, making them a suitable option for patients who cannot undergo more complex dental procedures.
Another benefit of dentures is that they are relatively easy to maintain. You can remove dentures for cleaning, allowing for a more thorough cleaning. Additionally, your dentist can easily adjust or replace your dentures if they become damaged or worn over time.
However, one of the downsides of dentures is that they can slip and move around in the mouth. Unfortunately, this can make them uncomfortable to wear. Unlike dental bridges, dentures may not look or feel exactly like natural teeth, which can affect your confidence and self-esteem.
Although the process of adjusting your dentures is simple, regular adjustments and maintenance can be a hassle. Over time, the fit of the dentures can change, which can cause discomfort. When dentures shift, it can become difficult to eat and speak properly. In addition, dentures can cause gum irritation and sores if you do not have a proper fit.