Replacing a missing tooth is not only good aesthetically; it also helps the surrounding teeth.
Since everyone’s oral health and jaws are different, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to replace missing teeth. The options for tooth replacement typically include:
- Dental implants
A dental bridge is a way to replace one or more missing teeth and consists of two abutments (dental crowns) attached to a prosthetic tooth. If you have lost one or more teeth, the two remaining teeth either side of the gap will be prepared for crowns which will anchor the bridge made up of one or more prosthetic teeth.
Dentures are an affordable treatment option for patients looking to replace missing teeth quickly. Patients who do not require a full arch of new teeth also have the option of receiving partial dentures to help fill the gap, allowing healthy natural teeth to remain. Partial dentures are also a great option for ensuring that existing teeth do not become misaligned over time due to gaps. Complete dentures are most commonly used for patients who are missing all teeth on their top or bottom arch. Most dentures are made to resemble the patient’s natural teeth in both colour and aesthetics.
Dental implants act as a permanent and comfortable replacement for the tooth or teeth. Whether you are missing one, multiple or all of your teeth, dental implants are the long-term solution to the restoration of both functionality and aesthetic appearance of your smile.
Am I suitable for dental implants?
The option which will work best for you depends on your oral health, your jawbone density and how many teeth you’re missing. Your suitability is the difference between a successful and unsuccessful implant treatment.
Jawbone density: You need to have a sufficient amount of jawbone for the surgery to work as the implant needs to have an adequate amount of jawbone to fuse with.
Good overall health: This indicates that you can properly handle the treatment as well as any potential risks or complications associated with implant surgery.
No presence of gum disease: Gum disease is known to cause a higher risk of dental implant failure. If you do suffer from gum disease, it will first need to be treated before an implant treatment can occur.
Find out what option is right for you
A missing tooth not only affects the appearance of your smile, but it also affects your health. This is why we are so insistent on patients replacing missing teeth.
Not sure which treatment option is right for you? When considering dental implant surgery, it is always best to ask your dental professional about all aspects involved so you can determine which of our treatments is best for you. If you want some more information before you make that appointment, download this guide to find out even more about dental implants.