Dental implant FAQs
Tooth Replacement Options for Missing Teeth
Are you missing a tooth? Having a gap from a missing tooth or teeth can affect a person’s confidence while also may be more susceptible to infection. There are a range of treatments available to help return your jaw to its full capacity which consist of three options – dental implants, dentures and bridges.
Dental implants are the fully permanent solution for a missing tooth/teeth. By fitting an implant into the jaw bone, to act as an artificial root, then fixing a durable crown to the implant the procedure gets a close as possible to replicating natural teeth. Implants can last many years or even decades if looked after well. Dental implants aren’t possible in everyone though, and a healthy jaw bone is required for the implant to hold and fuse. If you smoke you may not be able to have dental implants and will need to discuss the treatment further with your dentist or an implant specialist. If you do opt for dental implants they are the most natural solution to missing teeth and give you the confidence of strong replacements that aren’t obvious to others.
Dentures are artificial teeth that slot into place and are kept in place by a plastic base that fits the roof or base of your mouth. Dentures can accommodate any number of missing teeth and are a popular choice due to their lower cost compared to dental implants. However, they do have their drawbacks including speech impairment, discomfort and not always being a perfect fit. More information on the comparison of dentures and dental implants in our FAQ page – “Can I Replace my Dentures with Dental Implants?”.
Dental bridges are a suitable treatment option for 1 or 2 missing teeth. This option is also a great choice when dental implants are unsuitable. A dental bridge consists of two crowns, to place over your natural teeth, and an artificial tooth supported between them. Dental bridges are a good permanent choice for tooth replacement, offering a natural looking replacement without the discomfort of a denture or the surgical nature of an implant. Whilst not succumbing to as many negatives as dentures, dental bridges aren’t a perfect solution, requiring special dental floss to clean under the supported false tooth/teeth.
What if the missing tooth isn’t replaced?
If a missing tooth isn’t replaced then complications can arise, in particular the gap is more susceptible to infection. Additionally, missing teeth gaps can affect a person’s confidence from not having a complete smile. Replacement teeth are well recommended when missing a tooth and come with many benefits to return your mouth to its natural state. Which treatment option you choose however is down to personal preference and jaw suitability.
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, then give us a call today to speak to our implant specialists. A consultation can help determine your options and we can talk you through your treatment choices.