Modern dentistry features several types of prosthetic restorations—dental bridges, partial dentures, full dentures. But what exactly distinguishes a dental bridge from a partial denture? Your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, answers this question and others below as she responds to your frequently asked questions about dental bridges.
What is the purpose of a dental bridge?
A dental bridge fills in a gap that develops when two or more adjacent teeth fall out. Dental bridges play an important role in improving oral health because a full row of teeth acts as a wall against bacteria. Each tooth in the wall protects the flanks of the teeth on either side of it, and collectively, all of the teeth act to protect the gums. However, when a gap develops because of tooth loss, the wall is weakened and bacteria have an easier time attacking teeth and the gums. The teeth on either edge of the gap may also grow into the vacated area causing further difficulties. A dental bridge prevents these many problems by repairing the gap in the wall of teeth.
What is the difference between a dental bridge and a partial denture?
Dental bridges and partial dentures differ based on the placement of the missing teeth they replace. A dental bridge replaces teeth in a single row, while a partial denture replaces two or more teeth that are not next to one another.
Can dental bridges be supported by dental implants?
Yes. Without dental implants, dental bridges are secured by placing a crown (which is connected to the bridge) on each tooth that resides on either side of the gap that the bridge will fill. However, the crowns are not necessary if the bridge is supported by a dental implant or dental implants. The implant or implants act as anchors for the bridge, preventing it from sliding out of place.
Dental Bridges from Your Des Moines Dentist
Do you have a gap in your smile? A dental bridge can fill that gap and restore your oral health. Contact your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.