When you lose a tooth, it is often best for your oral health to have it replaced. Missing teeth can affect your bite as well as your ability to chew and speak. Their loss can increase the burden on your remaining teeth as well as affect your appearance and your self- confidence.
If you do not replace your missing teeth the surrounding teeth may move or tilt into the space and your bite will become altered. If you have lost one of your front teeth most people aesthetically would like to replace their tooth.
What are my tooth replacement options?
A removable plastic or metal-based partial denture is relatively inexpensive but for some people it can be unacceptable because it is removable. If a denture does not fit correctly it can damage adjacent teeth.
A fixed bridge is where several teeth are joined together and cemented onto the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap.
A dental implant replaces the tooth and supports the new crown on top.
What are the benefits of having a dental implant?
The new tooth will look and feel like your own teeth. You do not have to wear a denture, or have to grind down the adjacent teeth to secure a bridge.
You will have confidence in chewing food, just as you do with your own teeth.
If you wear dentures already, implants can secure a denture and improve your chewing power and confidence.
What is a dental implant and how does it work?
The best way to describe a dental implant is to compare it to a real tooth. A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. The root is anchored in the jaw bone and the crown is the part of the tooth that appears above the gum. When you lose a tooth, you lose both crown and root. Essentially, the implant replaces the lost root of a tooth and is made of titanium. A post is screwed into the centre of the implant and a crown is then either screwed or cemented on top.
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