One missing tooth, or a few in a row, can be replaced with a bridge, also called crown and bridge or bridgework. A bridge features one or more replacement teeth fused between two dental crowns. The crowns attach to healthy teeth and hold the replacement teeth securely in place. A bridge is a fixed, or non-removable, dental prosthetic. Some people improperly use the term “removable bridge” to describe a partial denture.
Unlike a bridge, a partial is removable, and it can replace multiple missing teeth that are not in a row. The custom appliance fits prosthetic teeth between healthy teeth much like a puzzle piece fits into a puzzle. Hidden metal clasps hold a partial in place by attaching to healthy teeth.
A full denture replaces all teeth on the upper or lower arch. Traditionally, dentures are removable prosthetics secured by natural suction or denture adhesive. Some people have problems with dentures slipping or becoming loose and wobbly over time. This is because the ridges of the gums change, as does jaw shape. Dentures may need to be relined to fit properly. Some people prefer implant-retained dentures, a fixed or removable option that anchors dentures to dental implant posts secured in the jawbone. Learn more about dental implants here.
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Call Dr. Michael Young, DDS at (337) 23-SMILE to schedule your checkup, consultation, or second-opinion visit. Our Lafayette dentist office serves patients from the Youngsville, Broussard, Scott, Breaux Bridge , and surrounding communities. We are open Monday through Friday, and Dr. Young is always available to see dental emergency cases.