Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth that have been lost due to accident or decay. With replacement teeth that look like natural teeth — shaped and colored to fit seamlessly into the place of the missing tooth or teeth — dental bridges are a popular option for smile repair.
Both permanent dental bridges and removable dental bridges are available. The one you choose should be based on your needs and your dentist’s recommendation.
Need help deciding which is best for you? Contact us at Dison Family Dentistry today.
Is a Dental Bridge Removable?
A dental bridge can be removable. There are some options that can be adhered to the surrounding teeth and secured in place, so they are not removable, relieving the wearer of slippage or the possibility of the tooth falling out at the wrong moment.
But there are also removable options that fit into place much like a retainer, with wires that are hidden behind the tooth. These may be preferred due to the ease with which they can be cleaned after removal.
Is It Possible to Get a Single Tooth Removable Dental Bridge?
A one-tooth removable dental bridge, also known as a single tooth flipper, is absolutely an option when only one tooth is missing. Many people prefer this option because it is less expensive and less painful than a more permanent solution, such as a dental implant.
Like all partial dentures, single tooth dentures look like a retainer and may fit the full mouth, or they may be a small appliance that fits snugly into place. What it looks like will vary depending on which tooth it is replacing and which teeth are around it.
How Do I Clean a Removable Dental Bridge?
Cleaning a removable dental bridge is simple. Most dentists recommend simply using a soft-bristled toothbrush and water to brush away any food or other debris and remove germs. Some people like to use a denture cleaner, dropping the dental bridge into the solution overnight and taking advantage of the fact that the bridge is removable and not permanent.
It is possible to also care for the removable dental bridge much like a permanent one, keeping it in place while flossing and brushing as normal. But because the dental bridge can come out, it often will not stay in place during this process, making it easier to remove and brush it separately.
NOTE: It is a good idea to avoid abrasive toothpastes and other cleaners when cleaning partial dental bridges.
Is a Removable Dental Bridge or Permanent Dental Bridge a Better Choice for Me?
There are lots of factors at play in choosing the right dental solution, and your dentist can help you determine the best path forward for your needs. Contact Dison Family Dentistry now to set up your appointment.