Sometimes teeth become damaged, decayed or lost from gum disease and cannot be saved. Having one or more missing teeth can cause a variety of health problems and cosmetic issues. What can you do about that empty space? A dental bridge may be one of the best options available to you.
At Annex Dentistry, we make it our mission to provide minimally invasive, long-term restoration options for missing teeth that look and feel natural. Fixed bridges for patients function like real teeth, so they never need to be removed like dentures do. At Annex Dentistry, we will use the latest digital x-ray and diagnostic technologies to help determine if a bridge is the best choice for you.
A missing tooth or teeth can lead to a variety of problems, including:
Bite and jaw joint problems from teeth shifting to fill the space
The “sunken face” look associated with missing teeth
Difficulty chewing comfortably
Feeling self-conscious about the appearance of missing teeth
When you leave missing teeth untreated, the bone in your mouth and jaw eventually starts to deteriorate. That’s why some people with missing teeth often notice a difference in the appearance of their faces (the “sunken face” look).
Bridges can help avoid this problem because they work just like natural teeth. That's why we recommend fixed bridges or implants as a preferred alternative to dentures whenever possible.
For many years, dentures were the only option for people living with missing teeth. Fortunately, today that is no longer the case.
Fixed bridges are more functional, comfortable, convenient, and natural-looking than dentures.
|Functionality||Work practically the same as real teeth with improved chewing ability.||Make it difficult to eat and chew the way you used to.|
|Appearance||Look like real teeth in shape and colour.||Can look natural if they’re well-made, but living without a more permanent solution can lead to bone loss and the “sunken face” look.|
|Health Consequences||Help prevent potential bite and jaw joint problems and even bone loss.||Don’t address most of the health risks associated with missing teeth.|
|Comfort||Feel natural and promote gum health.||Can be uncomfortable and often irritate gums.|
|Convenience||Never need to be removed, and provide a durable, long-term solution.||Need to be taken in and out regularly for cleaning, and can be easy to lose.|
|Cost||Have a higher cost upfront but can save money that might be spent on future dental treatment.||Have a lower cost up front, but often result in future dental problems that cost much more to fix.|
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