Considering tooth replacement? There are many reasons to replace a missing tooth. You can also refer to our article on “The Effects of Missing Teeth” for more information on why tooth replacement is an time-sensitive and critical consideration for you. However, lets explore the various options of replacing missing teeth that may exist in your case.
The most common forms of tooth replacement are removable dentures, bridges and implants. While the three options are made of different materials, have different preparation techniques, differ in treatment time required and vary in cost, they are functionally required to fill a gap between teeth where a tooth is supposed to be or may have been in the past.
We will explore one at a time.
Removable Dentures are the most well known form of tooth replacement. They can be made as a partial denture, or a full denture. A complete denture replaces an entire arch. A partial denture is where as little as one tooth is being replaced. Dentures can also be made from 3 different materials. Acrylic, Chrome Cobalt and Valplast. See more here.
Dentures are a more affordable reliable and fast option for tooth replacement. Both your dentist and their carefully selected lab technicians are critical components of ensuring the right solution is chosen for your case and that its fit is optimal. It is important however that you have asked about your options apart from dentures to ensure that both your comfort and satisfaction are achieved.
A ceramic bridge is a great option when there is a natural tooth on either side of your missing tooth/teeth. This form of tooth replacement relies on the bridging of a false tooth anchored by a crown on either side that is cemented to natural teeth on either side. This means that the restoration is a single unit that joins multiple teeth. The natural teeth that anchor the bridge require preparation by trimming the circumference to allow for the crown to be placed over it like a cap. See more here.
Advancements in dentistry has come a very long way over the last 15 years. Implants have become an accessible high quality solution for permanent tooth replacement. Whether it is to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or even a full implant denture, we can do it. Over the years not only has it become more affordable, but they can even be done as an immediate replacement. This means that we can remove a tooth and immediately insert an implant. While the time from implant insertion to the capping of the implant with the replacement tooth may take several months, it is certainly the superior choice. See more here.
Call us to arrange a free initial consultation to discuss your options.