Why Would I Need a Dental Bridge?
You may need a dental bridge if you have one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause several problems, including:
1. Difficulty chewing and speaking:
Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew your food properly and speak clearly.
2. Shifting of adjacent teeth:
When you have a missing tooth, the adjacent teeth may shift out of position, which can cause bite problems and make it difficult to clean your teeth properly.
3. Gum disease and tooth decay:
Gaps in your teeth can create pockets where bacteria can accumulate and cause gum disease and tooth decay.
4. Changes in facial structure:
Missing teeth can cause changes in the structure of your face, which can make you look older.
A dental bridge can help to restore the function and appearance of your teeth, improve your bite and speech, and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position. It can also help to distribute the forces in your bite properly and prevent additional wear and tear on your teeth.
Your dentist can help you determine if a dental bridge is the right treatment option for you based on your specific needs and oral health status.
What Is a Partial?
A denture partial, also known as a removable partial denture, is a dental prosthesis that replaces one or several missing teeth. Unlike a complete denture, which replaces all the teeth in an arch, a denture partial is designed to fit around and be supported by the remaining natural teeth, using clasps or other attachments to keep it in place. The denture partial is usually made of a combination of metal and acrylic materials, and it can be easily removed for cleaning and maintenance. Denture partials can help improve chewing ability, speech, and overall appearance.