Do you find that you’re experiencing some trouble deciding between a partial and a dental bridge? Rest assured, this is a common challenge faced by many patients. The good news is that by becoming familiar with the big differences (and the subtle nuances) that make each device unique, you can more easily determine which will work best for your needs. Look through a quick quiz to help clarify some of your confusion. Of course, we always suggest that you schedule time to consult with us about your tooth loss, as well. This gives us the chance to provide you with recommendations to complete your smile according to your particular requirements.
Partial Dentures Versus Bridges: True or False?
- True or False: Both partials and dental bridges replace multiple teeth in any configuration – in this way, they are the same.
- True or False: A partial is a removable prosthetic; a dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic.
- True or False: Partials and bridges both require special instruments and products for effective cleaning at home.
- False. A partial denture can replace multiple missing teeth in most patterns of loss. However, a dental bridge can only provide you with the replacement of up to three teeth – in a row.
- True. A partial is removable, so you may wear the device when you choose. However, a bridge is fixed – it will remain placed within your smile at all times (unless removed for a particular reason by our team).
- False. You can use the instruments and products already in your dental hygiene arsenal. We may suggest you purchase threaders to assist with easier flossing with a bridge – but this is optional.