Your appearance is one of the important reasons to replace a missing tooth. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth at either side.
A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
Depending on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in the mouth. The condition of the other teeth also affects the decision of how to replace the missing teeth.
There are three main ways to replace the missing teeth.
The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth – a partial denture.
The second is with a fixed bridge.
The third option is to replace it with the help of dental implant and a crown/bridge.
Removable partial dentures can be fixed (partially) by other methods, such as using a combination of crowns and partial dentures that can keep the retaining clips out of sight. These are quite specialised dentures. Come and see us today to know more options and to have a healthy beautiful smile….
Removable partial dentures can be fabricated out of,
- Full acrylic – rigid
- Full acrylic – flexible
- combination of acrylic and chrome metal alloy,
Which suits better can be discussed and determined by your dentist.