Dental Bridges vs. Dentures: Which Is Right for Me?

Dental Bridges vs. Dentures – Toronto, ON

Dr. Sol Weiss has built a strong reputation as a leader in advanced dental care. At his Toronto general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry practice, he has helped numerous patients deal with their dental problems.

Tooth loss is one dental problem that can be quite severe. There are a number of means of addressing it, among them the use of dental bridges and dentures. Let’s compare these two right now.

About Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are appliances that are used to fill the gap that was left behind by multiple missing teeth. The bridge fits in place by bracing around the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. This is achieved through the use of specially fitted brackets on the sides of the bridge that are custom-molded to the patient’s mouth.

Ideal Candidates for Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a great option to consider for people who are missing a few teeth in a row. There should ideally be enough tooth structure remaining that is adjacent to the tooth gap to make a dental bridge viable as a treatment option.

About Dentures

Dentures are appliances that are used to address major tooth gaps when a patient is missing most or all of his or her teeth. There are two kinds of dentures to consider based on the amount of tooth loss experienced: partial dentures and full dentures.

A denture is held in place by bracing around the remaining jawbone and gum tissue. Denture creams can help augment the stability of a denture when in place. This helps prevent potential slips of the denture while biting and chewing.

Ideal Candidates for Dentures

The best candidates for dentures are people who have experienced significant amounts of tooth loss, so much so that dental bridges are no longer a viable option for treatment. They should still have gum tissue and jawbone density in place where the teeth are missing to ensure that the denture is held in place properly.

The Extent of Your Tooth Loss Will Determine Treatment

As noted above, the extent of the tooth loss that you experience will determine the best restoration for your tooth loss. During the consultation process, we will go over these matters with you in full detail and discuss the various risks and benefits to consider.

In general, the greater the amount of tooth loss, the more likely a patient will require a denture rather than a dental bridge.

Implant Dentistry as an Option

It should also be noted that dental implants can be used to support a dental bridge or a denture. These artificial tooth roots are surgically placed into the bone and gum tissue for the strongest hold possible. Patients will no longer have to worry about a denture or bridge falling out or coming loose.

Candidacy for dental implants and the treatment process can be discussed in more detail during your visit to the practice.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Sol Weiss

For more information about addressing tooth loss through effective dental treatments, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Dr. Sol Weiss and his team will help you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.