It’s important to have sufficient bone in your mouth for both aesthetic and functional reasons.
If an accident or gum disease results in the loss of teeth or extraction, the bone and gum tissue surrounding the missing teeth heals at a slightly lower height than the adjacent tissue – often resulting in a bone defect.
The teeth will appear much longer than the neighbouring teeth, unless the defect can be masked in some way. It’s then extremely difficult, sometimes impossible, to replace the missing teeth with an aesthetically pleasing, well-fitting fixed bridge.
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