The Difference Between Partial Dentures, Dentures, and Dental Bridges
Partial dentures usually include artificial gums that are made from pink acrylic and false teeth that are mounted into them. These generally replace a section of 3 or more missing teeth and is fastened in place using attachments that clip onto your natural teeth. Partial dentures are a removable replacement teeth option and you actually do remove them for cleaning and sleeping.
Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and replace an entire arch of teeth; either upper, lower or both, and generally include those same pink acrylic artificial gums with false teeth mounted into them. And again they are removed for both sleeping and cleaning.
Dental bridges, sometimes called “fixed partial dentures,” are artificial teeth that are permanently affixed in your mouth. They’re usually secured by being bonded to neighboring teeth and typically consists of an artificial tooth flanked by two crowns that are placed over the neighboring teeth. Sometimes bridges are attached to dental implants, especially in cases with multiple missing teeth or there are no stable neighboring teeth. Bridges can be made from either made from all-ceramic, ceramic-on-metal, and all-metal but this usually just depends on your preferences, where the crown will be located, and your dentist’s recommendation.