Are you suffering with problematic teeth because you’re afraid your only option is dentures? Do you need to replace a missing tooth but are terrified that it will cost a fortune?
Many people believe dentures are the one-size-fits all answer to missing teeth, but in reality there are many options available, to suit every problem and pocket.
Here is a little information on some of the various ways to replace missing teeth, but a discussion with your dentist can result in a tailor-made solution for you.
The options to replace missing tooth or teeth can be divided into two broad categories, removable or fixed.
Removable options include:
- a) Acrylic
Acrylic is a type of plastic which is used to make dentures to replace anything from a single tooth to a full mouth of teeth.
- b) Chrome Partial Dentures
A chrome denture has a cast chrome cobalt metal framework onto which acrylic teeth are fitted. It can be used to replace one or several teeth. It does depend on well positioned sound natural teeth or implants for retention.
Fixed options can be divided into two broad categories- Tooth supported and implant supported
Permanent tooth supported replacement teeth are called bridges. A bridge relies on a reasonably sound tooth on at least one side of the space, ideally both sides. Bridges can be divided into two broad categories
- Resin Bonded Bridges (RBB) or Adhesive
- Conventional Bridges
Combinations of the two or hybrids can sometimes be made.
Resin bonded bridges
These are false teeth that usually have some form of metal wing on either side of the false tooth which is bonded to the backs of the teeth either side of the space.
A conventional bridge is attached by way of full coverage retainers which involves reducing down the abutment teeth or the teeth to which the bridge is attached.
An implant is a piece of titanium that is embedded or implanted into either the upper or lower jaw where the root of a tooth once was. It then enables the secure attachment of a tooth or teeth to the jaws.
Making a choice often involves a discussion about which options are suitable for you, and which will work best. Your dentist is here to help you with any information you need. The first step is making an appointment…