As its name describes, a removable bridge (sometimes called a removable partial denture) can be taken out of the mouth easily for cleaning. Although removable bridges generally are less expensive, fixed bridges, 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 clasp-less removable bridge, when indicated, may provide better support and aesthetics. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the way a removable bridge fits your mouth.
Advantages of removable bridge over fixed bridge
- Usually easier to repair
- Usually less expensive
- Removable bridges may be less than alternative choice
- They can break or be lost
- Some people find removable bridges uncomfortable
- Some people are embarrassed to take out their teeth at night and for cleaning
Growing Accustomed to a Removable Bridge
Inserting and removing the new removable bridge takes some practice. It may feel awkward for the first few weeks. However, your mouth eventually should become accustomed to it. The bridge should fit into place with relative ease.
Dr. Schnall can explain how long the removable bridge should be worn and when it should be removed. At the start, you may be asked to wear it for the first 24 hours. While this may cause temporary discomfort, it is the quickest way to identify any parts requiring adjustment. If the bridge puts too much pressure on one area, that spot will become sore. We can adjust the bridge to fit more comfortably. Once adjusted, Dr. Schnall may recommend that you remove the bridge before going to sleep and replace it when you awaken.
Once you're missing teeth are replaced, eating should be a more pleasant experience. Since missing teeth can make it difficult to speak clearly, wearing a removable bridge can help with clarity of speech as well.
Over time, as you age and your mouth changes, your removable bridge may no longer fit well. It also could break, crack or chip, or one of the teeth could loosen. In many instances, we can make the necessary adjustment or repairs, often on the same day. Complicated repairs may take longer.