Dentures and Fixed Bridges
Losing one or several teeth can cause a host of problems. In some cases, a person may even lose multiple teeth that are right next to each other. When this happens, and a dental implant is not what is required to replace the teeth. There are two options: dentures, and fixed bridges.
Why should these teeth be replaced?
When someone is missing a tooth, there is a large gap within the mouth. Teeth constantly shift. A person can push their tongue forward when they swallow, and the front teeth with start to bow out. If wisdom teeth come in wrong, they can cause the rest of the teeth to move forward.
When a tooth is missing, then its partner on the opposing jaw and the surrounding teeth will try to make up the difference. They can:
- Shift closer together.
- The partner of the tooth on the other jaw may start to move towards the gap – since there is no longer any resistance keeping it away.
- As teeth move, it can cause a poor bite, which leads to other dental problems.
- Bacteria and food particles can accumulate in the gums where the tooth is missing
What are dentures?
Dentures are most often required when many teeth have been lost. They can even replace an entire set of top or bottom teeth. It is imperative to make sure that the dentures fit properly. They should not slip, cause pain or soreness, and fit comfortably. Dentures that don’t fit can cause sores, and even make it difficult to talk or chew properly.
What are fixed bridges?
Bridges are an alternative to dental implants. They fill in the space where a tooth is missing by bonding to the surrounding teeth, via crowns. In between the crowns is a replacement tooth. Once the bridge is attached to the surrounding teeth, it’s bonded to the mouth. When finished, bridges are virtually indistinguishable from the other teeth.
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