Ask Dr. Stanfield: What’s the difference between a removable partial and a bridge?
If you are considering a partial vs bridge, it’s important first to know that they aren’t the same thing. A fixed partial denture, commonly called a “bridge” is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Typically, dental bridges are constructed by making crowns for the teeth on either side of a space where you are missing a tooth. An artificial tooth known as a pontic then is fixed to the two crowns, and this “bridge” is cemented permanently to the adjoining teeth.
Partial vs Bridge
A removable partial denture, on the other hand, is used to replace multiple missing teeth in the same arch. Unlike a fixed bridge, it can be removed from the mouth. It is less stable and less esthetic than a fixed bridge.