Partial Fixed Bridge
Two of the most common options when replacing missing teeth are a partial fixed bridge and dental implants. Both options can restore function and improve the appearance of your teeth. However, there are some essential differences between the two that you should consider when deciding which option is right for you.
What is a Partial Fixed Bridge?
A partial fixed bridge is a dental prosthesis used for cosmetic dentistry to replace single or multiple missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, a partial fixed bridge is anchored in place by attaching it to your natural teeth or dental implants. This bridge can improve chewing and speaking ability and prevent adjacent teeth from loosening.
Procedure for a Partial Fixed Bridge
Getting a partial fixed bridge typically involves multiple visits to the dentist, as with any cosmetic dentistry procedure. During the first visit, your dentist will remove a part of the enamel to make room for the bridge. Next, they will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental laboratory, making a custom bridge for you. In the meantime, they will place a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums. Once your partial fixed bridge is ready, you'll return for the final placement.
Partial Fixed Bridge vs Dental Implants
Dental implants and a partially fixed bridge are two of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry. However, there are significant differences between the two. Below are some pros and cons of a partial fixed bridge and dental implants.
Pros and Cons of a Partial Fixed Bridge
Some of the benefits of using a partial fixed bridge include the following:
• Partial fixed bridges can be a good option if the adjacent teeth are strong and healthy, as they can provide a stable and durable replacement for missing teeth.
• Bridges can be a more affordable option than dental implants.
• Bridges can prevent adjacent teeth from shifting into the gap left by the missing tooth, which can lead to further dental issues.
Some of the downsides of using a partial fixed bridge include the following:
• Preparing the adjacent teeth for the crowns can cause damage to healthy teeth, risking future dental problems.
• Bridges require the support of healthy teeth, which can put extra stress on those teeth over time.
• Bridges may need to be replaced every five to 10 years, which can add up in cost over time.
Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
Some of the benefits of using dental implants include the following:
• Dental implants provide a stable and durable replacement for missing teeth, without relying on adjacent teeth for support.
• Implants can prevent bone density loss in the jaw.
• Implants are durable and can last for several years to even a lifetime with proper care.
Some of the disadvantages of using dental implants include the following:
• Implants require a surgical procedure, which can be more invasive and costly than a bridge.
• Implants may not be suitable for patients with certain medical conditions or those with low jawbone density.
• Implants can be more expensive than a dental bridge.
Partial fixed bridges can be a long-lasting solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, Century Dental can help provide the optimal solution for your needs, be it a partial fixed bridge or dental implants.