The removable partial denture is an economical way to replace missing teeth. It allows gaps between teeth to be filled for both function and cosmetic purposes.Partials also stabilize the remaining teeth in the mouth and help keep them in proper position. The removable partial does not prevent you from moving to fixed restorations such as implant and fixed (Cemented) bridges.
Removable partial dentures are made by taking impressions of the upper and lower arches of teeth. They are fabricated in a lab to fit only your mouth. There is usually 1 or 2 appointments to adjust the partials once they have been delivered.
Dental bridges fill the gap between teeth caused by one or more missing teeth. A bridge will cosmetically improve a person's smile, stabilize the teeth in the mouth from shifting, and increase the chewing power a person has lost from missing teeth.
A bridge is made by crowning the teeth on either side of gap which act as anchors (abutments) for the bridge. These abutments are connected by a false tooth (pontic) between the abutment teeth. This one piece unit consisting of the abutment and pontics is fabricated by a lab and then cemented onto the abutment teeth.