Replacement of Missing Teeth
There are a variety of ways you can replace a missing tooth. Options include a removable denture, fixed bridge, or a dental implant. Our knowledgeable clinicians can consult and guide you along a path tailored made for you.
We also consult and work closely with specialists to ensure you are being provided with the best treatment options and the highest standard of care.
While we can offer great options for replacing missing teeth, we must stress that at the end of the day there is nothing better than your natural tooth.
If you need any further information on the below prosthetic devices please don’t hesitate to contact our clinic for a consultation.
Our teeth pay a significant role and impact how we live our life. They influence our quality of life, including our appearance, how we speak and eat, as well as our self-esteem and confidence. If we lose a tooth or many teeth, one way of replacing them is through removable dentures (false teeth).
Dentures are a cost-effective replacement option for missing teeth in people of all ages. They are typically made of acrylic resin material, but sometimes they are made of acrylic combined with a slimline framework made of Cobalt Chrome, a lightweight metal. Either material will ensure a design that replicates your natural teeth.
There are typically 3 types of dentures:
- Full denture – complete removable set of false teeth, can be for upper, lower or both jaws
- Partial denture – partial set of removable false teeth that clip on to your existing teeth.
- Implant-retained denture – A full or partial denture that is anchored to an implant.
Bridges are a strong, stable and permanently fixed alternative to dentures. They can replace single or multiple missing teeth, depending on the situation. Essentially a bridge is a prosthetic device constructed by two crowns with a “floating” crown connected in between. Traditionally a bridge is placed over natural teeth either side of a missing tooth, to restore the gap created by a missing tooth. The aim of a bridge is to restore function and aesthetics to look like a normal tooth. With the advancements of dental implants, a bridge can also be constructed using one or more dental implants to support the prosthetic device
A dental implant is a surgical dental procedure performed to replace a missing tooth. Unlike removable dentures, implants are permanently placed into your jawbone and then restored with a crown to replicate a natural tooth. Dental implants can also be used to hold dentures in place (implant-retained denture) or complete a bridge prosthetic device (implant-retained bridge). Our clinicians at Admire Dentistry work closely with trusted specialists to ensure your implant procedure and restoration is a pleasant experience.
Our Frequently Asked Questions
There are several types of dental bridges:
- Traditional Bridges: The most common type, consisting of one or more pontics (artificial teeth) held in place by dental crowns cemented onto adjacent natural teeth. The most common bridge replaces a single missing tooth by crowning one tooth on either side and supporting a pontic in the middle that replaces that missing tooth.
- Cantilever Bridges: Similar to traditional bridges but supported by a single crown on one side only, then a pontic (artificial tooth) hangs off the side. Usually only in the anterior of the mouth and reproduces a natural smile that is easy to clean around.
- Maryland Bridges: Use a framework of either metal or porcelain that is bonded onto the backs of the adjacent teeth. No removal of tooth structure or crowning of the adjacent teeth is required. A pontic (artificial tooth) hangs off the bonded framework.
- Implant-Supported Bridges: Supported by dental implants rather than crowns on natural teeth. Typically, instead of crowned teeth supporting the bridge, like a traditional bridge, you’ll have implants supporting the bridge. This works well when you have multiple missing teeth but good bone thickness to support multiple implants.
Each type has its advantages, and the best choice depends on the location and number of missing teeth, as well as individual factors. Contact Admire Dentistry for a consult to discover what treatment is best suited to you.
After a dental implant-supported bridge, expect initial discomfort, swelling, and minor bleeding. The healing phase involves osseointegration, which usually takes up to several months. During this process, follow a soft diet, avoid certain foods, and attend regular check-ups. Good oral hygiene is vital for long-term maintenance, and our hygiene team at Admire Dentistry is committed to facilitating this for you.
Attending your routine dental exam and clean appointments is vital for the longevity of your implant-supported bridge. With time, you’ll gradually regain full chewing function and comfort.