Dental Implants & Bridges
We understand that needing to have a tooth removed can be upsetting and emotionally traumatic.
Some people decide to live with the gap remaining after a tooth is removed but most people prefer to replace the missing tooth with a denture, bridge or dental implant.
When you lose a tooth you will continue to lose bone in that area for the rest of your life. The bone begins to shrink as soon as the tooth is lost. Dental implants can provide the stimulation the bone needs to stop this loss.
With no support the opposing and adjacent teeth begin to move and drift into the missing areas. This can overload and weaken the remaining teeth, make them more difficult to clean and result in food impaction and gum disease. Abnormal forces on the remaining teeth may lead to fracture or even the need for root canal therapy. Eventually more teeth may be lost. The support to your lips and cheeks is also lost leading to a premature aged look.
A BRIDGE is a fixed restoration. A false tooth is attached to crowns made to fit the teeth next to the gap. The adjacent teeth are cut down significantly and the bridge is bonded to these prepared teeth. The bone will continue to shrink under the false tooth and cleaning under and around the bridge can be difficult. Where an implant is not an option a bridge may provide a great alternative.
IMPLANTS provide a tooth that feels and looks natural. The implant is placed below the gum into the jaw bone and acts as the base to support the new tooth crown. Implants do not involve the adjacent teeth. Dental implants closely mimic the look and function of real teeth and make an attractive alternative to dentures and bridges.