Missing Teeth replacement Options
There is a common assumption that people only lose teeth as they get older. However, there are many different ways that a person can lose their teeth irrespective of age with causes such as periodontal disease (gum disease), dental caries (tooth decay), damage through trauma and inadequate or failed dental work.
Once a tooth has been lost it needs replacing for two primary and important reasons; functionality and aesthetics. By optimally restoring the teeth and smile you improve dental health and self-confidence.
When spaces are present due to missing teeth, movement will occur. If left untreated, other teeth will drift and tip into unoccupied areas. Teeth also migrate into spaces when opposing teeth are missing. To keep all your permanent teeth functioning and in their correct position, you need to replace missing teeth to maintain long term oral health.
There are a number of solutions to missing teeth and we always offer the optimum long-term treatment for the individual patient according his or her needs, dental condition and budget.
long lasting permanent way to replace missing teeth. A titanium screw is placed in bone and allowed to heal, over generally 2-3 months. A tooth is then screwed on to the titanium “root” when the bone has healed firmly around the implant.
This option is the closest thing to getting a new tooth back and feels as solid and functions like a real tooth. The added advantage of using an implant to replace a missing tooth is that it maintains the height of the bone and prevents shrinkage or resorption of the bone. Most significant requirements for this treatment option are infection free mouth free of gum disease and decay, and adequate bone thickness or height.
Ceramic Dental Bridges
In contrast to titanium implants, a fixed bridge is a restoration (replacement part) that is fixed in place by attaching to the natural adjacent teeth. The replacement tooth is called the abutment and the natural supporting teeth are called ‘abutments.’ The abutment teeth provide support on either side of the space, in the same way a bridge spanning a river is supported on either side.
In order for the abutment teeth to support the bridgework the enamel and a significant proportion of the crown of the tooth is removed. Crowns (caps) are placed over the abutment teeth and the false (pontic) tooth attached to form a joined 3 unit bridge.
Bridgework can be more than 3 units but the bigger the span the more pressure it puts on the supporting abutment teeth. This can increase the weakening of the abutment teeth and reduce the lifespan of the bridgework.
These natural looking dentures can be used to replace missing teeth as well. They are removable and come in either acrylic or metallic forms. They can replace the thickness of lost gum and build out lip support if gums or soft tissues were lost. Dentures have been available for many years and offer an inexpensive, quick and easy solution to replacing lost teeth.
Cosmetic removable dentures can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or the full dentition. To help retain the denture the acrylic usually extends into the palate, which may affect comfort, speech and taste.