If you’ve lost a tooth (or many) through an injury or illness, you’ll know how it affects your smile, your self-esteem and confidence. You may also find you can’t eat your favourite food! It can even affect the way you speak.
Missing teeth need to be replaced – for both functional and health reasons. Adjacent teeth may move into the space, the bone will gradually break down, and you will end up with increased difficulty eating.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
There are several ways to replace your missing teeth:
Dental implants can be used to replace one to a whole arch of missing teeth. When completed by our experienced practitioners, dental implants are a highly aesthetic, long lasting solution to replacing missing teeth. Find out more about dental implants here.
Are you missing multiple teeth? All on 4 implants might be your missing teeth solution. Read more about All on 4 dental implants.
Bridges have been used in dentistry for decades, and rely on the adjacent teeth to support a false tooth that is suspended in-between. We embrace new technologies and our modern All-Ceramic bridges can provide patients with an aesthetic, long-lasting solution to missing teeth. Find out more about bridges.
Dentures are removable teeth which are held in place by clasping undercuts on remaining natural teeth. They are a cost effective solution to replace multiple missing teeth, however can affect your general comfort and oral health. Which is the best option for you? We’ll help you decide, based on the condition of your surrounding teeth, bone and gums, and your lifestyle.
Dentures for Missing Teeth
Complete dentures are used to replace missing teeth for people with no remaining teeth. Dentures may also be used for people who have lost several teeth. In this case, the appliance is called a partial denture or an overdenture.
While a complete denture relies on creating of a “suction seal” between the oral tissues and the fitting surface of the denture to retain its position, a partial denture retains its position by locking into undercuts on remaining teeth using metal rests and retainers. Denture retention may also be augmented by addition of implant attachments.
If done well, a denture can provide patients with a functional, aesthetic option to replace missing teeth. As dentures require additional bulk for strength and retentive elements, they may interfere with speech and oral hygiene. There are several scenarios in which, under proper care, a denture can provide patients with a satisfactory restoration, however it is no longer a first-choice treatment to replace missing teeth.
Bridges are a common way to treat missing teeth. Essentially, a bridge is a false or replacement tooth, and is usually fused between two porcelain dental crowns. It can be used to replace one or several missing teeth.
A traditional fixed bridge is quite different to a removable or partial denture. You don’t take it out of your mouth, and you need to commit to daily oral care to prevent damage or infection. However, because we use the latest porcelain technology to create a customised bridge for you, your bridge will look and feel indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
In some cases, a bridge may not be the best solution – for example, if you have several teeth missing in a row or if your surrounding teeth have been damaged by gum disease. In these circumstances, an implant may be a more advisable alternative.
Implants for Missing Teeth
Dental implants are one of the most exciting new developments in modern dentistry. If you have missing teeth, you can now replace them with an attractive, fully functional alternative.
Recent improvements in implant technology and techniques mean it is now a faster treatment, and a more affordable option, for many of our patients.
Dr Dunn is highly regarded for his skills in implant dentistry, and mentors other dentists in the procedures. At Macquarie Street Centre, we use Nobel Biocare implants, the world leader in implant products and treatment solutions.