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Difference between Dentures and Dental Bridges

Oct 29, 2014 10:47AM
Question: What is the difference between dentures and dental bridges?

Senior Dental Care Expert,  Dr. Joshua Davidson
The Golden Gate Bridge is anchored to the earth at each end and a rope bridge can be taken down by untying the rope.

There is a big difference, but each prosthesis essentially replaces missing teeth. One is removable (dentures) and one isn't (a bridge).

Dentures are made of acrylic and fabricated in order to replace all of your upper or lower teeth. They are removable and should be taken out every night.

Dental bridges are a way of spanning a short distance between a few teeth. The bridge is fabricated to replace one or two missing teeth. In general, the bridge is affixed to two anchor teeth and spans the gap of the missing teeth. Bridges are often made of porcelain and glued onto the two anchor teeth. The bridge is not removable.

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Joshua Davidson is a 2011 graduate of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He simultaneously received his Masters Degree in Public Health. He currently works at the Neillsville Dental Center in Neillsville, Wisconsin while focusing on the issues of geriatric dental care.  For more information, go to
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