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Partial Denture vs. Dental Bridge – Which Is Better?

If you have recently lost a tooth or teeth you may already have begun exploring your restorative treatment options. There are actually a number of ways you can complete your smile, cosmetically and functionally, some of which are more permanent than others. Which treatment is right for you should be determined, based upon your circumstances, your lifestyle, and your budget. Partial dentures and dental bridges are two popular options for patients, and understanding the unique benefits of each can help you choose your ideal form of restoration.

Dentures and Dental Bridges, the Benefits of Each

Partial dentures are an affordable treatment option. Plus, dentures are actually crafted to match both your teeth and your gums, so the resulting partial dentures will fit comfortably and look natural. This means your smile will appear complete and beautiful. Partial dentures can also be customized to help you adjust to the loss of multiple teeth, regardless of where they are. Unlike dental bridges, they are not limited to only replacing one or two teeth. With proper care dentures can be a long-lasting restoration option, and most patients adjust quickly to wearing them.

Dental bridges, on the other hand, rely on porcelain crowns and a fake tooth to complete your smile. The crowns help to anchor the bridge, as they’re affixed to your remaining teeth surrounding the gap. This added security allows you to chew and speak comfortably and confidently. The crowns and fake tooth will all be made to look like your natural teeth, so that your smile is lifelike. Bridges can be used when one or two teeth is missing.

Both dental bridges and partial dentures are generally less expensive than dental implants. They can also be completed relatively quickly, with very little recovery time, unlike implants, which do require multiple visits and ample healing time. For many patients these perks make partial dentures or dental bridges excellent choices for restorative treatment.


At Modern Dentistry, Todd A. Pizzi, DDS, and Luciana Messina, DDS, are dedicated to providing high-quality cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry services to patients and families in Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities. To schedule your next appointment, contact our office by calling 508-842-6356 today.