7 OPTIONS FOR REPLACING A MISSING TOOTH (2/3)
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This is the second in a series of three articles on options for replacing a missing tooth. We will now go over more of the best options to replace your missing teeth.
TOOTH-SUPPORTED FIXED BRIDGES
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A tooth-supported bridge uses your existing teeth to support the placement of a bridge (this would be in lieu of placing an implant to replace your missing tooth.) Such bridges consist of two crowns that are fitted onto the teethon either side of the gap. These teeth act as the abutment teeth. These two abutment crowns are fused on either side to the replacement tooth, which is called the pontic.
This type of restoration is permanently cemented in place. It can be made from a number of different materials that include gold, precious metal alloys, and porcelain. Such tooth-supported fixed bridges may also be made from a combination of these materials.
- A tooth-supported bridge provides the same realistic look and feel of that of a dental implant. It feels and functions just like your real teeth
- The procedure is very straightforward and treatment normally takes only two or three weeks to complete
- There is no surgery required, so the process is less invasive and low risk – if the bridge fails then it can generally be replaced quite quickly and easily
- Maintenance is easy, as a fixed bridge can simply be brushed and flossed
- Cost effective way to replace missing teeth and is less expensive than implant supported teeth. A tooth-supported bridge is a slightly more economical option compared to dental implants.
- More expensive than a removable denture
- Teeth adjacent to the gap must be ground down in order to support the bridge, removing healthy tooth structure that you can never get back!
- Once these teeth are ground down, there is an increased risk that they can decay and become infected in the future
- Must thoroughly clean underneath the bridge/pontic, as there is a possibility that this could become a food trap… especially as bone loss begins to occur
- Does not provide any stimulation to the bone underneath the bridge
- Does not generally last as long as an implant or implant-supported bridge
REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTURE
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Removable partial dentures are a comparatively simpler option to replace missing teeth, similar to dental implants. Compared to a complete set of dentures for all your teeth, removable partial dentures are indicated for individuals with a few missing teeth. A removable partial denture is designed to replace one or more missing teeth in the same arch, which may or may not be adjacent to each other.
Such an appliance will frequently have metal clasps that fit over your existing teeth, holding the denture firmly in place but still allowing it to be easily removed. Dentures are typically made from a combination of acrylic and metal alloy.
- Less expensive than fixed bridges or implants. They are also easy to repair and replace if needed. Additional teeth can be added directly to the partial denture if any teeth break off, which can help you save time and money
- Very effective at filling in the gaps between teeth and restoring your ability to smile
- Procedure is non-invasive
- The dentures must be cleaned on a daily basis and removed before sleeping to allow the gums a chance to recover
- Can be unstable and uncomfortable
- May not always look very natural and will not function as well as fixed teeth
- Need to be replaced or relined quite frequently
- Quite fragile and easily broken
- Easy to lose or misplace a partial denture
- Partial dentures can shift and move when eating or speaking
- Partial dentures do not blend in or appear as natural as dental implants
There are many excellent options to remedy a missing tooth, whether the tooth was lost through injury, gum disease, or decay. Each option has its share of pros and cons, which a dental professional can help you weigh based on your specific needs and budget.
In our next article following this series, we will cover situations when an implant is recommended, and what to expect from the procedure. See you at the next article!
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