Mind the Gap
Why replace a missing tooth?
There are many different treatment options to replace a missing tooth. The possibilities include fixed and removable. It is entirely up to you which treatment you choose unless circumstances say otherwise.
You may think that you don’t necessarily need to replace a missing tooth, especially if it is causing no problems but there are repercussions of not doing so. Over a period of time the teeth either side of the gap and above or below will start to move. The teeth move towards the gap, causing problems with cleaning the teeth, food becoming trapped in that area and you may also notice problems with your bite. You may think that by suggesting treatment your dentist is simply trying to generate more of an income but this is simply not the case. In fact by leaving the gap you may end up needing more costly and complex treatment.
To close a gap and replace a missing tooth the options are:
- a dental bridge
- a partial denture – acrylic or chrome
- an implant
There are many different types of bridges, all to suit different circumstances. The main bridge used is a Fixed Bridge. A false tooth is fixed onto two other teeth which is then cemented over the 2 natural teeth either side of the gap . Depending on the care shown to the bridge you can expect this treatment to last you about 10-15 years.
A partial denture is a removable option. It can be made from acrylic or chrome. Clips can be attached to clip around your own teeth to make the denture more stable. When you have no teeth the mouth changes constantly, therefore full dentures would need either renewing or adjusting more than what partial dentures would. You can expect your partial denture to last you approximately 7-10 years.
Implants are a fantastic treatment option when replacing missing teeth. This treatment involves no modification or involvement of other teeth. A titanium rod is inserted into the bone to replicate the root of a tooth. It takes approximately 3 months for the bone to heal around the implant making it solid within the jaw. After this time we can then attach the crown.
It is important to remember that no matter which treatment you choose, great care and vigilant cleaning will ensure your new ‘tooth’ will last you a long time. Upon fitting of your new tooth your dentist should provide you with the correct oral hygiene instruction on how to do this.
Not sure which is the best option for you? Speak to a dentist at Foxhall Dental Practice. They will assess your mouth and guide you as to which treatment you are suitable for. Visit https://www.foxhalldental.co.uk/ for more information or call 01473 258396 to make an appointment.