What are Dental Bridges?


Partial Denture

Over the years I have come to realize that the terms dental professionals use to describe things have a different meaning to my patients then they do to me.  Dental Bridge is one of those terms.  When a patient hears bridge they picture teeth that come out like the ones on the right.

With all the metal and hooks it looks a little like a fishing lure.  That is a lot of hardware to hold in your mouth to replace just two teeth.  This is NOT a bridge , it is actually a removable partial denture.  A lot of old timers will call this bridge work.  The features that most patients say they do not like is that it’s not permanent, you must remove it to clean it and it shows a lot of ugly metal when they talk or smile.


When I say bridge, I am referring to the picture on lower right.

Bridge - Sleek Natural Looking

Dental Bridge

The difference here is that the teeth are sleek natural looking and do not have any metal that shows.  I know that patients like these because we cement them in, so they are permanent and very cosmetic.  At my practice we try not to confuse you with technical terms, however with so many new and emerging technologies in dentistry and medicine it is a good idea to ask questions to make sure you and your doctor mean the same thing when you are talking. We can show you a picture, let you handle a model or play you an animation to help explain things better.


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