People lose teeth for a variety of reasons such as gum disease, decay or injury. A missing tooth may not seem like an urgent fix. In fact, if you can’t see it when you smile, you may not think of it as a problem whatsoever. However, all teeth are important. They help you to chew and grind up food, and to speak clearly and show off your smile. Gaps in your smile can cause your cheeks to sag, wrinkle or look sunken which can result in you looking older than you really are and affects your bite.
Replacing your tooth or teeth can help to enhance your smile – and your confidence. It may also improve how you chew and speak.
What kind of tooth replacement you need depends on several factors such as:
Implants are titanium fixtures that are surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gums, an implant-retained crown or bridge is then placed on top. This prevents the replacement tooth from drifting, which helps you maintain normal eating and speaking abilities.
Implants tend to be more expensive than other teeth replacement options, but it looks and feels like a normal tooth and you can use them no matter how many teeth are missing. Implants are the only permanent tooth replacements available and are considered better than dental bridges as it restores the gap without the reduction of the healthy adjacent teeth.
A partial denture is designed to fill in the gaps left by one or more missing teeth. It’s a plastic, nylon or metal plate with a number of false teeth attached to it. It usually clips onto some of your natural teeth via metal clasps, which hold it securely in place in your mouth.
Plastic partial dentures are less expensive to make. But unless they are designed very carefully they can damage the teeth they fit against and can cause bite problems.Metal partial dentures are usually made from an alloy of cobalt and chromium, and they are much stronger.
If you lose a tooth, don’t panic – we are here to help you choose the right solution for you that will keep you smiling