Does Having a Dental Bridge Fitted Affect Eating?

Fixed dental bridges using all on 4 dental implants

When a tooth has been lost, or more likely a couple of adjoining teeth, it is quite usual for a bridge to be fitted to replace them. As the name suggests, this involves replacing the missing teeth with replacement ones and the two natural teeth either side are then used to attach the bridge, thereby holding it in place.

Many people have asked the question as to whether this will affect their eating ability. This does vary from person to person, with some people having no problem at all, whilst others find it troublesome to eat some of the foods that they enjoy.

It is only natural that, initially, you may find it strange, especially if you have become accustomed to having a gap where the bridge now is. Some people report extra sensitivity after the bridge has been fitted whilst others, not used to having teeth there, find that they bite their cheek or tongue quite regularly. Whilst this is not uncommon, these effects should disappear quite quickly as you become used to the new bridge.

Some of the problems with eating after a bridge has been fitted comes from not feeling confident to bite down on harder foods. From talking to patients, some do feel that each time they bite, they are just a fraction away from breaking the bridge and, consequently, they tend to avoid foods that they find difficult to eat.

For these people, and really for anyone who wants extra security for their bridge, a process called “all on 4” is ideally suited. This uses dental implants which are placed into the jaw to hold the bridge in place. As the name suggests, four dental implants are used, two of which are placed in the jaw at a specific angle in order to give extra security to the bridge. This technique can be used to replace a full arch of teeth in a single day!

The other advantage of this procedure is that, unlike standard dental implants, if you lost a tooth a while ago, you will nearly certainly have lost a significant amount of bone density in your jaw. This would normally mean that there was a possibility that you would initially need a bone graft procedure in order for there to be sufficient bone in which to place the dental implants. The way implants are placed in an all on 4 procedure, however, means that a bone graft will very likely not be necessary.

So, if you find that you are experiencing trouble eating the foods that you would like to, it is certainly worth consulting our Harley Street dentist to see if an all on four procedure would benefit you and give you back the quality of life that you desire.

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