A missing front tooth can be an embarrassing problem for a lot of people. Even though dentists are able to replace teeth, there are only a few options to choose from.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for the replacement of missing teeth and it is important for patients to understand the different options available and the pros and cons of each option before making a decision.
Our implant dentist in Guildford will take into account factors such as the patient’s age, their oral health, their budget, and their personal preferences in order to recommend an appropriate treatment plan.
The permanent replacement options for missing teeth are:
- Dental implant
- Fixed bridge
- Removable denture
Our patients health condition, budget and oral hygiene may influence which option is best for them. However, whatever their preference is, the first step is a consultation with our dentist or prosthodontist in Guildford, surrey who will examine their teeth and gums, assess medical and dental history and take radiographic imaging (CBCT) to determine how much bone they have in the region. They can then suggest the best options for them.
Missing Front Tooth Replacement Options:
Dental implants are an effective solution for missing teeth. If you’ve lost teeth through accidents, decay or disease, you can regain a perfect smile during a course of treatment to implant tooth roots into your mouth. It can dramatically improve your life, especially if you suffer from embarrassment about your teeth.
Dental implants are not just for people who have lost teeth. They can also be used to support dentures or fill in gaps between teeth where teeth may have been removed due to gum disease or injury.
Dental bridge spans the gap where your missing tooth is. A false tooth, or pontic is attached to the adjacent teeth which are known as the abutment teeth. There are three types of bridge, a conventional bridge, a Maryland or resin bonded bridge or a cantilever bridge but the most commonly used is the conventional bridge as it is stronger. Dental bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth as they can be accurately matched to your natural teeth and will make speaking and eating easier. The advantage of a bridge is that it can usually be completed over two visits to the dentist and is a more budget-conscious option than implants. Dental bridges function like natural teeth and with good oral care your bridge can last more ten years.
More commonly known as false teeth, dentures are fitted in place of natural teeth. A full set is used to replace all your teeth. A part set is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made using impressions, mouldings or 3D scan from your gums.
They’re removable so you can clean them, although partial dentures can be brushed at the same time as your other teeth. A full set needs to be removed and soaked in a cleaning solution.
Dentures are important if you lose your natural teeth, as losing your teeth makes it difficult to chew your food, which will adversely affect your diet and may cause your facial muscles to sag.
We provide a comprehensive array of services, including dental implants, orthodontics, hygienist services, restorative dentistry, caries removal, same-day dental care and much, much more. Regular trips to the dentist and hygienist are vital for the long-term health of your teeth and gums. Call us on ? 01483 568584 to book an appointment today with Woodbridge Dental for high-quality treatment and care.