It’s usually recommended that missing teeth are replaced to prevent the remaining teeth moving into the empty space, which can result in more problems such as food and plaque traps, gum disease, stresses on other teeth and even temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) problems.
There are several ways to replace teeth which include dentures, dental implants and dental bridges.
A dental bridge is designed to ‘bridge’ the gap between teeth, where one or more teeth are missing. A bridge usually uses one or both teeth either side of the gap to attach crowns which then carry the missing tooth or teeth. Alternatively, it is sometimes possible to use a small metal wing to attach the missing tooth to its neighbour. Each case needs careful assessment and all options would be discussed with you fully.
A denture is also known as a plate and should be removed at night. It is not fixed in the mouth like implants or bridges but is sometimes the best option to replace missing teeth. You may want to consider a denture if you have already worn one successfully and it needs to be replaced due to wear or if you have a lot of teeth to replace or you need a temporary replacement of teeth whilst waiting for an extracted tooth space to heal or you are not suitable for implants and your remaining teeth are not suitable for a bridge.
Implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth in the appropriate situation, we don’t offer this service at Evolve, but are happy to refer to excellent colleagues if this is the best treatment option for you.
Book your free consultation with Julie or Rachael our Treatment Co-ordinators.
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