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IMPLANTS FOR BRIDGES

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
Options
A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — can attach artificial teeth to dental implants.

Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
Fixed bridges are secured to the implants by cement or screws (non-visible).

Removable bridges are attached to the implants by various snaps inside the bridge.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.

Why do I need a bridge?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.
Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.

What materials are used?
Bridges can be constructed from metal alloys, porcelain, acrylic, or a combination of these materials.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring implants for support.

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