Dental bridges and partial dentures
Dental bridges and partial dentures (or prosthetics) are designed to close the gap between one or more missing teeth and usually include two or more crowns fused and attached to the teeth surrounding it.
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Missing teeth can cause problems to bite, cause teeth to move and make chewing difficult. Partial dentures and dental bridges are viable solutions to prevent some of the detrimental effects of missing teeth.
If the lost teeth are not replaced, the remaining teeth will tilt, shift or extrude into the gaps, which could cause serious dental health problems. If you are missing teeth and want to fill the edentulous spaces, consult a dentist and / or denturologist for more information about dental bridges and partial dentures and determine if these options are right for you.
Partial dentures (prosthetics)
A partial denture (prosthesis) is a removable device that includes a molded plate to fit the arch of your palate or along the inner gingival border of your lower teeth. It snaps into place using metal or plastic clips. False teeth are fixed and positioned in the right places to fill the gaps in your smile.
Unlike partial dentures, a dental bridge is permanently placed in the mouth to fill the gaps left by the missing teeth. It resembles a series of two adjacent teeth or more tied in one block. The dental bridge is generally not recommended for patients with many missing teeth, but it may be a good option for patients with only one or a few teeth missing.
Let us take the example of a patient who is missing a tooth. A bridge could be placed, consisting of three units resembling three attached teeth. The two false external teeth would be attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, which would have been trimmed beforehand, thus allowing the middle false tooth to fill the space. All parts of the dental bridge are shaped and coloured to match the natural teeth of the patient. What a smile!