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What is the difference between bridges and dentures?

One of your dentist’s main functions in Mesquite, TX is to help you deal with missing teeth. In the United States, up to 120 million people report having lost at least one permanent tooth. Regardless of the cause, Dr. RJ Loera will recommend a number of replacement options because the absence of any tooth will eventually lead to other oral health challenges.

Bridges and Dentures Replace Missing Teeth

The two most common methods to replace teeth are dentures and dental bridges. A denture is a general term for artificial teeth. Two types of dentures are full and partial – if you’ve lost either all of your upper or lower teeth (or both), full dentures are usually removable and replace an entire row. To replace a smaller number of teeth, you can use a partial.

A dental bridge is actually considered a type of partial denture. But a defining characteristic of a bridge is fixed, and it attaches to the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap, with a tooth crown-type restoration that fills, or ‘bridges,’ the gap. Bridges are permanently cemented and need to be cleaned and flossed thoroughly like normal teeth.

Dentures and Dental Bridges in Mesquite, TX

Missing teeth endanger your overall health and can be resolved with dentures and other restorations. For more information, contact us for a consultation.

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