Teeth Replacement at Blue Sky Dental

Restoring your smile

When replacing missing teeth you now have quite a few options.  It is always advisable to replace missing teeth as it helps restore function i.e. your ability to eat easily and can help prevent future dental problems, but ultimately the decision is yours.

Your options for replacing missing teeth are:

  • a partial/full denture
  • a dental bridge
  • dental implants

Dentures

These can replace single or multiple missing teeth.  The top denture is secured by either clips around the remaining teeth or by suction to the palate.  The bottom denture is secured again by clips or just sits in place along the bony ridge along your lower jaw.  As we lose more teeth these can be added easily to the denture. Your mouth is constantly changing and you will notice that eventually the dentures will not fit as good as they used to.  It is possible that they can be relined to fit your mouth more precisely but dentures usually have to be remade every 7 years or so.  Many people are quite happy having dentures and experience no problems at all with them, whereas for some no matter what, they simply cannot get on with them.

Bridges

Bridges are a great option for replacing missing teeth.  There are many types of dental bridges available which can be matched with your own tooth shade.  They can last 15 years or more providing they are taken care of.  Some types of dental bridges do require preparation to the teeth either side of the gap.  A small amount of tooth structure has to be removed to allow space for the bridge to be secured to.

Dental Implants

Probably the best treatment for replacing missing teeth.  This treatment requires no adjustment to other teeth and simply deals with the gap itself.  Single or multiple missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants.  They can also be used to secure a denture or hold a full mouth dental bridge.  For the success and longevity of the treatment its best for the treatment to be carried out in stages over a period of about 6 months.  This gives the bone a chance to heal around the implants making them more secure before the final prosthetic is placed.  Some dentists will refuse to carry out this treatment if the patient is a smoker, as the implants are likely to fail.  If taken care of implants can last 20 years or more.

The dentist should discuss replacing missing teeth with you at examination appointments. They will suggest which treatment option they think is best for you.  Dentures and dental bridges are easily planned but if implants are the treatment you are considering then certain assessments have to be done in order to find out if you are suitable.

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