When you lose natural teeth, there’s no doubt that you have to replace them. Choosing your replacement teeth, however, can be confusing, as there are numerous options in the San Marcos, California area for restorative dental treatment. Two of the most common options are removable partial dentures or permanent dental bridges. After evaluating your condition, your dentists from Shadowridge Dental Group can recommend the best option for you.
Although both of these restorative dental treatments can serve as replacement teeth, there are distinct differences between the two. Partial dentures are removable prosthetics used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can be customized for comfort and function but don’t have the stability or security of a fixed restorative treatment like a dental bridge. Partial dentures are generally worn during the day and removed at night for soaking and cleaning.
In contrast, a dental bridge is a fixed dental structure that covers the gap left by missing teeth. It’s anchored in place by dental crowns on adjacent healthy teeth to keep your prosthetics securely in place. In the case of an implant-supported bridge, your teeth are anchored to dental implants embedded into your jaw. Like dentures, dental bridges can be custom designed for individual use. Our dental team will make impressions of your mouth and teeth to create a bridge that gives you optimal comfort and function and blends in beautifully with your remaining natural teeth.