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Does Wearing A Dental Bridge Affect Eating?

It’s not unusual for a dentist to suggest a bridge to be fitted to replace a couple of adjoining missing teeth. This process involves replacing the missing teeth with a bridge which holds two false teeth. This is then secured in place by attaching it to the two adjoining natural teeth, either side of the gap.


One of the questions that many people ask is whether the bridge will affect their ability to eat, and whilst for the most part most people have no trouble at all, others find it difficult to eat some of the foods that they enjoy. Many people find that having got used to having no teeth there, they often end up biting their tongue or their cheek but once they get used to the bridge, most problems disappear. Quite often, the main concern of patients is the fear that they might break the bridge if they bite down on hard food, with the result that they tend to steer away from crunchy, chewable foods and opt for more of a soft food diet.


If this sounds like you and you’d like extra security for your bridge then we have the solution in the form of dental implants. In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we regularly place dental implants as a form of tooth replacement but in addition implants are a very effective method of securing bridges and dentures. Using a process called “all on 4” we use 4 implants placed into the jaw to secure the bridge, 2 of which are angled to give extra security to the bridge. This particular procedure can also be used to secure a full set of teeth, in just a day!


It’s likely that if you have been missing teeth for some while that you may have lost a considerable amount of bone due to resorption and for standard implants, you would often need to have a bone graft, to ensure there is sufficient depth of bone, before the implants can be placed. However, with the way the implants are placed for the “all on 4” process usually this isn’t necessary.


If you’re having problems with eating your favourite foods then why not contact Sheen Dental to see whether the “all on 4” process could benefit you. Here at Sheen Dental we’ve got many years of experience in placing dental implants in Richmond and offer a free no-obligation consultation where you can come and meet the team, check out our facilities, and discuss your dental options. Whether you’re seeking a dental implant in Richmond, or elsewhere in the country, you’ll be amazed at just how they can improve your quality of life. So give us a call on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk where you’ll find more information.

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