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replacing missing teeth
Replacing missing teeth can improve appearance and dental health. There are a number of different treatment options including dentures, bridges and implants.
about replacing missing teeth
When teeth are missing, the way the rest of your teeth bite together can be affected. The remaining teeth may tilt and drift into the gaps creating food trap areas, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Speech can also be affected.
- Do nothing - accept the space and leave it empty
- Implants – these are the ideal way to restore missing teeth; they are anchored into the jaw bone
- Bridges – these are a fixed option utilising the adjacent tooth or teeth to the space and can be made from porcelain and metal or all porcelain
- Dentures - These are removable plastic or metal frameworks with false plastic teeth attached
- The most appropriate treatment will depend on the number of teeth that are missing, where they are in your mouth and the condition of any remaining teeth. Your dentist will help you decide which option is best for you.
Implants are used to replace missing teeth and are a fantastic and ideal alternative to dentures and bridges.
Implants are small titanium posts which are placed in the jaw bone beneath the gum. The fixed implant is then used as a platform to place the new tooth / teeth.
Implant treatment can be used to treat a wide range of problems, from single missing teeth, to multiple missing teeth, or to even help stabilize a loose or poorly fitting denture.
Implant placement is a painless procedure carried out under local anaesthetic, and placement of a single implant typically takes between 30-60 minutes, with minimal post-operative discomfort. Additional sedation can be arranged for placement if required.
A dental bridge is a more traditional method of replacing usually a single missing tooth. Bridges are made from a precious metal base, or a high strength ceramic base, which is then covered with porcelain to give it a natural appearance. Bridges utilise adjacent teeth to the space, and so these teeth need to be healthy and free from decay and gum problems.
Bridges are natural in their appearance as the porcelain is carefully colour matched to your existing teeth. Having a bridge fitted can significantly enhance your smile and your confidence as well as stabilising the bite and maintaining function.
If well cared for a bridge should last for many years.