REPLACING MISSING TEETH
When you have missing teeth, you may decide to replace the tooth with a denture, bridge or implant. Each option has it’s own pros and cons.
Dentures are removable appliances which need to be cleaned daily. They are recommended if you have multiple missing teeth on both sides of your jaw. Unlike the bridge, there is normally no need for any adjustments to adjacent teeth (except in certain cases).
There are 2 types of dentures: acrylic (plastic) or chrome (metal). Again there are pros and cons with both types.
Acrylic dentures are cheaper , lighter and easily adjusted. You may consider this if you have recently had teeth removed. However, due to the material used, it is thick, covers most of the palate, and is prone to breaking. These dentures are also known to cause receding gums.
The chrome denture is more expensive, but is stronger and thinner in cross section. It also does not cover the whole palate. This would be suitable if you have most of your teeth and all other teeth have been addressed and are stable.
A bridge is a permanent, non removable prosthesis which attaches to the tooth/teeth adjacent to the gap. However, in order to attach the bridge, the adjacent teeth need to be adjusted, which may mean removing healthy tooth tissue, and may cause a teeth to lose its vitality in the long run.
Implants are currently the best option for replacing missing teeth. It is permanent, non removable, has a high success rate, and does not require adjustments to adjacent teeth. However, it is a surgical procedure and is the most expensive of all the 3 options. Also, there can be a 3 to 6 month gap before the implant can be loaded with a tooth. On the interim, a temporary denture may be needed while the implant integrates with the bone.
Implants may also require special imaging tools like a CT scan to properly assess the vital structures in close proximity to the implant.
Ask us about these options for further details.