Options for missing teeth

WHAT ARE MY REPLACEMENT OPTIONS?

There are many different options for patients needing to replace teeth. While all essentially do the same job, there are different price implications and individual benefits of the different types of replacements. Also each individual situation will impact on which options are viable for you.

It is best to seek advice from your dentist or orthodontist about which is the best option for your individual teeth, and they may suggest one of the following:

  • Acrylic partial dentures
  • Metal-based chrome cobalt dentures
  • Maryland bridges
  • Cantilever bridges
  • Implant crowns
  • Implant bridges

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DENTAL IMPLANT AND A CROWN?

Implants and Bridges are the most common long term solution for missing teeth. A dental implant uses a crown and an implant abutment. A dental bridge is made of two crowns and a dummy tooth (dental pontic).

There are a few things that need consideration before deciding between a bridge or an implant to replace a missing tooth. Your orthodontist or dentist will be able to assess your unique situation and be able to come to a decision together about the best fit. Some things that need considering include:

  • Are the bounding teeth in good condition?
  • How long has the tooth been missing for?
  • Have you had a recent extraction?
  • Is there a need for a temporary tooth?
  • Will the missing tooth or gap need healing before a replacement? Or has the gap been there for a while?
  • Is the gap at the front or back of the mouth?
  • Is there adequate and sufficient bone for an implant to be placed?
  • What is the budget for the replacement?

WHY SHOULD I GET MY MISSING TOOTH FIXED?

The mouth is designed to function with 28 teeth, without all teeth interacting and connecting with each other the functionality of your mouth can be compromised. Without replacing a missing tooth, teeth can begin to move around and alter the shape of your teeth and appearance of your smile.

The longer you wait to replace a missing tooth, the more complicated the process can get. So it is best to seek dental advice as soon as possible.

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