Category: Bridges
Options For Missing Tooth Replacement

Options For Missing Tooth Replacement

Many people live day in and out with spaces and missing teeth without thinking twice about how this affects their dentition and health. Some live with just a single tooth missing without noticing it too much, while others have multiple teeth missing.

The impact of living with missing teeth

Whether you have one or more teeth that are missing you can be sure that even with one gone, the other teeth are enduring much more pressure and wear. While at first this may not seem to effect function too much as the years progress the other teeth are enduring the load that the missing one was supposed to be taking and they breakdown quicker due to that fact. Nutrition can adversely be impacted as well when a patient is unable to chew and eat nutritious, healthy foods.

The good news is, there are many options for tooth replacement, either single or multiple and all options help to keep your dentition healthy and spread the load over all the teeth to ensure minimal breakdown and wear of the remaining teeth. This article reviews both single replacement with procedures like a bridge or implant and also multiple tooth replacement with partials and dentures.

Single tooth replacement

Single tooth replacement options that benefit the patient the most are something called an implant. An implant is a titanium replacement of the natural root of the tooth. After some healing and integration of bone structure around the root replacement a tooth like crown is fitted on the top of the replacement root. This option is great for patients who are looking to replace a single or multiple teeth in one area of the mouth. It serves well for both function and aesthetics. The whole process generally takes 8-12 weeks in order to ensure that the root has a healthy and strong base for the tooth replacement to go on. In cases where a tooth needs to be replaced in the front of the mouth a same day implant may be used, where the entire process is completed in one day.

Another option for when a tooth needs to replace a single or multiple missing tooth or teeth in one area is called a bridge. A bridge is a great option when the surrounding teeth beside the space also need some work due to breakdown or decay. As the name implies a bridge will anchor to one tooth, provide a tooth in the missing space and anchor to another tooth on the other side, just like a bridge.  If the anchor teeth have fillings or maybe decay, this is a great option because the bridge will restore those teeth; as well as providing the space with a tooth to use for chewing.

Replacing multiple teeth

If someone is needing multiple teeth replaced in different areas of the mouth, an appliance called a partial may be just what is needed. A partial is made of resin which mimics gum tissue and tooth structure. The partial will hook onto the surrounding teeth with a clasp to ensure a great fit with minimal movement during daily chewing and speaking activities. Some partials have metal clasps while others are resin based and the best part is it is totally customisable. The patient can pick the proper shades of tissue colour, tooth colour and fit. The appliance is made over a few appointments to ensure the result is just what the patient desires. This is an optimal option for those needing multiple teeth replaced in a single arch.

Lastly, a denture is a removable appliance that can replace all teeth on an arch. It can be made for the upper or lower arch and mimics natural teeth. Just like the partial, it is fully customisable and the patient works with the dentist to create the best appliance for them. Dentures can be placed the same day as extractions of the teeth or can be made after the teeth have been missing for a while.

We can help

Whatever is chosen it is important to make sure you work with your dentist in choosing the best option for you. Each situation is unique and many people feel that theirs is too dire to do anything about it. This couldn’t be further from the truth, the dentition is an important part of having a healthy body and lifestyle and being able to enjoy eating, speaking and socialising! Dental professionals are excited and understanding of their patients’ fears surrounding these treatments and really want what is best for each patient!

Make sure to contact the surgery to see what the best options are for you!

June 18, 2021

Bridges Provide Many Options For Tooth Replacement

Bridges Provide Many Options For Tooth Replacement

Nothing is more embarrassing then when you laugh or smile while out with friends and there is a missing tooth in your mouth. We all know, for one reason or another; teeth eventually break down and need to be removed. No need to worry about spaces in your mouth that may cause embarrassment, bridges are an effective and aesthetically pleasing option!

What exactly is a Bridge?

There is so much confusion around tooth replacement options, because let’s face it, there are many procedures to choose from. We will focus on the benefits of bridges. Bridges do just that; they bridge the gap from one tooth, over the missing tooth, to the next tooth in the mouth. They can be three or four teeth long or much longer. Your dentist will work with you in determining the best option for your case.

Say you are missing one tooth and have a space between two other teeth. The bridge will act as a cohesive unit to create a stable biting plane for you to use while chewing. Aesthetically, the bridge also provides a real looking tooth in the area where the space is, so no one will know that you are missing a tooth! They are made of porcelain or porcelain with metal underneath depending on the patient’s needs. Generally speaking a bridge over the front teeth will only have to be porcelain, which is fabricated precisely so that it matches the colour and contour of the surrounding teeth. A porcelain bridge with metal as the base provides strength for the function and stability of back teeth. Back teeth take heavy chewing forces so anything placed on back teeth needs to be slightly stronger. The porcelain covering allows the bridge to seamlessly fit in with the dental arch, so no one would ever realise it’s not a natural tooth!

What is the process of having a Bridge fitted?

The process is relatively simple. Your dentist will assess the needs of the dental arch. They will make measurements to ensure that the bridge will be strong enough to endure the span of the teeth it is covering. Once the patient is ready to start the process, the dentist prepares the teeth the bridge will be adhering to. An impression is taken so that the laboratory can fabricate the shape and size of the artificial teeth of the bridge.  Once the lab is finished with the fabrication process (usually a few days), the bridge will be returned to the dental office. The patient arrives, tries the bridge in and approves the fit and feel of it. If the patient and dentist are pleased with the fit and function of the bridge, it will be cemented into the patient’s mouth permanently.

Bridges provide a long tern and aesthetically pleasing option for multiple tooth replacement. They look and feel just like real teeth and provide the patient with functionality that ensures comfort and ease. When considering one tooth replacement or many, discuss the options of bridges with your dentist. You will be glad you did!

March 16, 2020