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Hello, I have a few questions. I’ve been having bridges for many years (I am 37 and I got my first bridge when I was 16) and unfortunately they always become loose on one side, therefore either new bridge needs to be made or my remaining teeth underneath start decaying. The dentist suggested chrome-cobalt partial dentures. As seen on the picture it will be for my upper jaw covering approx. 8 teeth. Is that a good suggestion for me and my age? I am worried that my jaw will shrunk too much and I will loose all my remaining upper teeth. I am not happy with bridges as they don’t last and 8 implants is too expensive. Also is the partial denture removable anytime so I can clean it properly? Many thanks.

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Asked on 22/01/2016 12:00 am
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It is a pity that you have lost teeth and require a bridge or denture –at any age.
Any bridge or denture requires careful planning and extra careful professional and home oral hygiene care. Not to ensure this will cause the bridge or denture to fail.
You may be able to have an implant retained bridge or denture, rather than eight individual implant retained crowns. Equally, this requires careful planning and meticulous professional and home oral hygiene care. As mentioned before, the lack of excellent professional and home care will cause the implant system to fail.
So long as the remaining supporting teeth are in good health a chrome cobalt denture is a reasonable alternative to an implant solution. You will need to remove the denture to clean your teeth and denture at least 2- 3 times per day.

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Answered on 25/01/2016 12:00 am
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Loss of bone with missing teeth tends to be related to the quality of your cleaning (gum health) and stimulation of bone around the remaining teeth from chewing
Therefore whether you have bridges or a denture the bone will behave in a similar way and it is easier to clean round the teeth by removing the denture rather than trying to work round a failing bridge
You cited use the money you save by not having to replace bridges prematurely to save up for implants to replace strategic teeth with a plan to an implant supported bridge or denture
The most important thing is to understand WHY the bridges are failing as if it is poor design then this needs better planning but if it is because inapropriate teeth are being used (to stick with a fixed option and avoid making a denture) then it appears you are being ill advised

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