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Dental Bridges or Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

If you have missing teeth, you know how annoying it can be. People with missing teeth find it tough to enjoy their favorite foods. Even one lost tooth can affect the way you talk and eat.

Chittenden Dental explains that a lost tooth can also change your bite and the way you open and close your mouth.


If you are changing your bite because you have lost a tooth or teeth, your TMJ can also be affected. Dental bridges and dental implants both provide support for missing teeth.

Dental Implants May Require Bone Grafting

While tremendous inroads have been in the world of dental implants, not every patient is a good candidate. These days you can have teeth in a day, but unfortunately, if you are one of those people who has been missing teeth for years, it may not be the best fit as you may require a sinus lift of bone grafting surgery.

If you are one of those patients with bone loss, a bone graft may be necessary. Bone grafts are used for dental implant patients who have lost bone because of missing teeth, disease, or other trauma usually require bone grafting.

Once a tooth is lost, the bone starts to shrink making it impossible to anchor a dental implant. While surgery is an option for most, some are not prepared to wait the additional healing time as it adds an additional 6 to 10 months to the dental implant process.

Dental Bridges When Surgery is Out of the Question

Dental bridges require no downtime and no surgery. If you have healthy abutment teeth, which are the teeth that lie on either side of your missing tooth, you can be fitted with a dental bridge.

Dental bridges take two dental appointments. During the first x-rays and photos will be taken and an impression will be made. While your new dental appliance is being made, Dr. Morris will fit you with a temporary dental bridge.

A dental bridge is permanent, but requires special care. Dr. Mike Morris will show you how to clean your new dental restoration with a threader as the abutment teeth can still become decayed if they are not brushed and flossed properly.

Stop Dealing with Missing Teeth with Dental Bridges or Dental Implants

If you have missing teeth, call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Burlington. Dr. Mike Morris and his team are ready to make you smile with dental implants or a permanent dental bridge.

Call for a no obligation dental bridges consultation with your Burlington dentist today.

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