Tooth loss can result from many factors including injury, gum disease, tooth decay, and genetic conditions. In many cases, it is necessary to replace the missing teeth. There are generally three options for replacement: bridges, implants, and dentures. Patients may require a combination of solutions.
A missing tooth is not just a tooth. It also affects the surrounding bone and gums. Without the tooth, the surrounding bone and gums are no longer stimulated like before. As a result, the bone may shrink, and the gums may recede. Eventually this will weaken neighbouring teeth, potentially even leading to collapse. Less severely, it is common for neighbouring teeth to shift, affecting alignment and bite. It is always a good idea to discuss your particular case with your dentist to see if replacement is necessary.
Dental implants are a long-lasting treatment option for the restoration of missing teeth. Implants includes a titanium component that is surgically mounted into the jaw bone. They can be prepared in a variation of shapes and sizes to serve the ranging needs and remaining bone structure of individuals. The aim is to mimic tooth roots and allow your natural bone to osseointegrate - meaning that the bone will attach itself to the implant to fully support it. Once this is healed, a crown designed and placed to imitate the natural tooth. With the innovative method of All-On-4, dental implants may replace all teeth.
A bridge does exactly as the name suggests. A bridge is often cemented to the adjacent natural teeth or the implant within the spaces. Much like veneers, bridges are made from porcelain. A master ceramist works to create bridges that look natural and fit individual requirements.
Dentures can replace a few or all teeth. Dentures are removable prosthetic devices. Dentures can replicate the functions of your natural teeth such as providing a chewing surface and restoring facial support. They can improve quality of life by easing the tasks of eating and speaking. Dentures will also keep remaining natural teeth from shifting.