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Is a bridge or partial plate better?

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Bridges vs. partial platesBridges are very expensive and supposedly only good for 5 to 10 years. They are permanently fixed to stubs they make of two teeth (one on each side of the bridge) I have one and so far it has come loose twice from eating candy. If I had it to do all over again I'd have a partial. Less expensive and can be taken out to be cleaned.

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  • Before you do anything else, check on a partial made of Valplast. It is flexible and supposed to last a lifetime, not metal but made of a nylon compound. It has been used in Europe for decades. Unfortunately, not all dental insurers cover it but it is so much better than a traditional metal-based partial. Bridges are bad news unless they are in the very front of your mouth. Even then, you can expect more trouble down the road.
  • The bride I had lasted about 10 years - was great until my teeth underneath started rotting away. I now have a temporary partial (wires hang onto the teeth)Few months I am expected to have a permanent partial. Not sure of the difference, besides the cost. Unfortunately, my temp partial I have now, the teeth have broken off from the actual partial leaving a gap in front of my mouth. This is my second "temp partial in a 6 month period. Time for the lab to follow up on their quality control.
  • I have bridges on either side of my lower jaw. They are 10 years old and going strong. no problems. However, I had a lower jaw frontal bridge put in 8 months ago (pulled my 4 front teeth) and I am miserable. I have had the bridge replaced 3 times, and the last they had to cut it out of my mouth. My anchor tooth recently became absessed, and they had to drill thru the bridge to drain the absess. None of the bridges have ever fit. They are uncomfortable, and affect my speech. I am now going to see a prosthodontic specialist (which I should have done in the first place) I am now leaning towards a partial if I haven't damaged my anchor teeth too much. Please research prior to commiting to a frontal bridge.
  • I have had four bridges (each about 15 years before they shifted)--off to the side of my front teeth--starting when I was 20. I am sad that perfectly good teeth had to be ground down to anchor the bridge; but they have looked good and have been comfortable. My teeth are healthy, as are my gums. The last one I had made in Nogales, Mexico and it is the best yet. Flipper bridges that wire on to teeth are notorious for loosening those teeth, so I didn't want to go there. Implants are even more expensive and are iffy as to whether they last. I guess in the end, you get what you pay for.

I would like to jump in here and point out some things about Nylon.

The previous answers address some of these in a discussion about "Partials" where wire clasps were mentioned. That is the old traditional way to help secure retention for a removable dental appliance. There are newer options to explore and that is why you should find a very knowledgeable Dentist that specializes in dentures. A "Prosthodontist" would be a good place to start. Here are the Newer Options you might explore.

NYLON- offers flexibility in long sections but does not have compressibility, which limits its use to lingual, palatal and buccal applications. Thus requiring relief of lingual, palatal and proximal undercuts resulting in lack of a close fit. Nylon also has a problem with bonding. Nothing seems to bond to it so repairs or additions are out of the question and a whole new appliance has to be fabricated. That will be a problem because of the tissue changes that will occur in your mouth throughout your life. More money to make a new appliance.

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