What is a removable dental bridge?

A removable bridge is also referred to as a partial denture. They are usually made with clasps that keep them in place when speaking or eating and are designed to come in and out of the mouth by the patient. The removable bridge or partial denture comes in several types, including cast metal, all acrylic, Valplast and others.
As its name describes, a removable bridge (sometimes called a removable partial denture) readily can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Although removable bridges generally are less expensive, fixed bridges (a restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost), when indicated, may feel more stable and comfortable.

Depending on your situation, however, a removable bridge may be for you. Removable bridges usually have replacement teeth attached to gum-colored plastic bases connected by metal framework. They may attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. A claspless removable bridge, when indicated, may provide better support and esthetics. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the way a removable bridge fits your mouth. Ask your dentist which type is right for you.

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