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Which is better: dental bridge or partial dentures?

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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Dental Bridge

The bridge is cemented in place, and is made of more natural looking porcelain.
The partial has hooks and wires which are needed to attach to your other teeth to keep the partial in place. Furthermore, the partial is a plaque trap and can be difficult to eat and speak with. Talk to your dentist further so you're aware of the advantages and disadvantages of all treatment options.

In brief: Dental Bridge

The bridge is cemented in place, and is made of more natural looking porcelain.
The partial has hooks and wires which are needed to attach to your other teeth to keep the partial in place. Furthermore, the partial is a plaque trap and can be difficult to eat and speak with. Talk to your dentist further so you're aware of the advantages and disadvantages of all treatment options.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

It depends on the clinical situation, finances, insurance coverage, health of the patient, the bite of the patient, the commitment of the patient and how stable the adjacent teeth are.
Dental bridge is more convenient than a partial denture but dental implants is the best treatment option available. Again discuss your options with your dentist.

In brief: Depends

It depends on the clinical situation, finances, insurance coverage, health of the patient, the bite of the patient, the commitment of the patient and how stable the adjacent teeth are.
Dental bridge is more convenient than a partial denture but dental implants is the best treatment option available. Again discuss your options with your dentist.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Richard Reinitz
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Dental bridge

If you have the option a fixed bridge looks and functions virtually like your natural teeth while a partial denture moves around.
A partial also shows the wires that go around the teeth so the partial generally does not look as good.

In brief: Dental bridge

If you have the option a fixed bridge looks and functions virtually like your natural teeth while a partial denture moves around.
A partial also shows the wires that go around the teeth so the partial generally does not look as good.
Dr. Richard Reinitz
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Dr. James Vito
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

It depends on the number and health of supporting teeth remaining to support the bridge and /or partial denture.
The more teeth that will be replaced with a bridge the healthier and stronger the teeth need to be for either situation. Partial dentures typically put more strain on the supporting teeth than a fixed bridge. A.

In brief: Depends

It depends on the number and health of supporting teeth remaining to support the bridge and /or partial denture.
The more teeth that will be replaced with a bridge the healthier and stronger the teeth need to be for either situation. Partial dentures typically put more strain on the supporting teeth than a fixed bridge. A.
Dr. James Vito
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Dr. Andres Carbunaru
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Fixed bridge

It is always better to have a fixed bridge , than a removible one (that is the reason the cost is so far appart).

In brief: Fixed bridge

It is always better to have a fixed bridge , than a removible one (that is the reason the cost is so far appart).
Dr. Andres Carbunaru
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bridge

The bridge is preferred because it will allow you better function, esthetics (usually) and help prevent bone loss if the removable partial denture would be resting on the tissue.
However, it is more expensive and the preparations are aggressive and irreversible on the adjacent support teeth. See a prosthodontist for your options.

In brief: Bridge

The bridge is preferred because it will allow you better function, esthetics (usually) and help prevent bone loss if the removable partial denture would be resting on the tissue.
However, it is more expensive and the preparations are aggressive and irreversible on the adjacent support teeth. See a prosthodontist for your options.
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Louis Sterling
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

The cost of a removable bridge is usually far less than a cemented in bridge.
But a cemented in bridge functions much more like natural teeth and is usually more comfortable.

In brief: Depends

The cost of a removable bridge is usually far less than a cemented in bridge.
But a cemented in bridge functions much more like natural teeth and is usually more comfortable.
Dr. Louis Sterling
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Dr. Tony Menendez
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Fixed Bridge

In general, if the supporting teeth havea good to excellent long term prognosis, a fixed bridge is the restoration of choice.
If the support would be insufficient for a fixed bridge, a partial denture might fit the bill.

In brief: Fixed Bridge

In general, if the supporting teeth havea good to excellent long term prognosis, a fixed bridge is the restoration of choice.
If the support would be insufficient for a fixed bridge, a partial denture might fit the bill.
Dr. Tony Menendez
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Dr. Joseph Greenberg
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Fixed bridge

A well made dental fixed bridge can give you back 100% of the function of your natural teeth.
Removable partial dentures are around 35% at best...

In brief: Fixed bridge

A well made dental fixed bridge can give you back 100% of the function of your natural teeth.
Removable partial dentures are around 35% at best...
Dr. Joseph Greenberg
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Dr. Cary Goldstein
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Depends of the teeth

A dental bridge usually involves cutting of the teeth and cementing an artificial tooth bridge.
The partial is removable and barely hurts the exisitning teeth.

In brief: Depends of the teeth

A dental bridge usually involves cutting of the teeth and cementing an artificial tooth bridge.
The partial is removable and barely hurts the exisitning teeth.
Dr. Cary Goldstein
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Dr. Jack Binder
Dentistry

In brief: Neither

By today's standard of care in dentistry, implant-supported dentistry is the best since it is supported by surrounding teeth which adds to the amount of work they must do.
Just the missing tooth or teeth are replaced. But implants can be more expensive than a fixed bridge or removable partial denture. If you had to choose between a fixed bridge or a removable partial denture, get a bridge.

In brief: Neither

By today's standard of care in dentistry, implant-supported dentistry is the best since it is supported by surrounding teeth which adds to the amount of work they must do.
Just the missing tooth or teeth are replaced. But implants can be more expensive than a fixed bridge or removable partial denture. If you had to choose between a fixed bridge or a removable partial denture, get a bridge.
Dr. Jack Binder
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Dr. Ira Biderman
Dentistry

In brief: Bridge

But ideally an implant is best to replace a missing tooth, since good teeth are not reduced and having implant makes it easier to maintain.

In brief: Bridge

But ideally an implant is best to replace a missing tooth, since good teeth are not reduced and having implant makes it easier to maintain.
Dr. Ira Biderman
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