A bridge is a restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been removed. There are two types of bridges. A fixed bridge, is cemented or bonded to the natural teeth next to the space created by the missing tooth. The advantage of a fixed bridge is that it will function like natural teeth and you do not need to remove it for cleaning. A fixed bridge is more esthetically pleasing. The only disadvantages of a fixed bridge, is that it does affect the adjoining teeth and can be more costly than a removable bridge.
As its name describes, a removable bridge, sometimes referred to as a partial denture, can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Although removable bridges, generally are less expensive, fixed bridges, when indicated, will feel more comfortable and stable. A removable bridge(partial), will have replacement teeth attached to gum tissue colored plastic. In some cases the plastic is connected to metal framework.
Inserting and removing a new removable bridge, takes practice and feels awkward in the beginning. It will take time, but your mouth should eventually become accustomed to it. Over time, as you age and your mouth changes, the removable bridge(partial),may no longer fit well. It also could chip or break. Repairs can usually be made on the same day but complicated repairs may take longer. Removable bridges, usually have a lower fee than a fixed bridge, but they are less stable than alternative choices, can be less comfortable and can break or be lost.