Dental bridges are used to fill gaps between teeth. Missing teeth are often repaired with either permanent, or removable, bridges. While removable bridges provide some benefits for certain patients, a permanent bridge may be a better option for people considering a dental bridge.
PERMANENT VS. REMOVABLE BRIDGES
As soon as a permanent bridge is placed, it becomes a part of your smile. There is no adjustment period for well-placed permanent bridges; they immediately begin performing the same functions as your other teeth.
Removable bridges often cause sore gums, discomfort when eating, and problems speaking properly. They also have a more unnatural look about them.
Permanent bridges can bring harmony back to the face. Loss of teeth affects the shape of the face by changing the way the muscles in the face behave when eating, speaking, or even just when [you think] your face is still. A permanent bridge can restore balance to the face upon placement. Removable bridges may be difficult for patients to get used to, and result in a longer assimilation process for the facial muscles.
Additionally, permanent bridges have a long lifespan; with proper care, a permanent bridge can last for 10-15 years. A removable bridge may affect a person's bite, causing more damage, more quickly.
Removable bridges need to be removed and cleaned separately during routine oral care. Permanent bridges can be cleaned right along with the natural teeth—no extra care necessary. When you opt for a permanent bridge over a removable bridge, you are saving yourself some worry and possible complications.
If you have missing teeth or gaps in your smile, contact our offices to discuss your options. Our dentists can discuss your options for creating a beautiful, healthy-looking smile and help ensure your comfort and confidence. A permanent bridge may be the best option for you!