Whether you suffered a sports injury or other trauma, have bone loss or periodontal disease, damaged or missing teeth have a major impact on everything from your smile and self-esteem, to how and what you eat.
And so do your options for replacing them.
The problem with dentures and bridges
While popular options for replacing missing teeth, the problem with dentures and non-permanent bridges boils down to this: They are not permanent solutions.
Dentures are notoriously uncomfortable for all-day wear, and their reduced bite-strength means that despite replacing the missing teeth, patients still often struggle to eat their favourite foods, and worry about their denture becoming loose while they’re speaking or enjoying a meal.
Meanwhile, tooth-supported bridges require grinding down of healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth, compromising healthy teeth in the process. And while resin-supported bridges do not damage healthy teeth, they can’t be used just anywhere. Because of the thin bond used to attach resin-supported bridges, they should only be used on incisors (the teeth in the front of your mouth) so they are not subject to the torque and force of chewing.
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