Common Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth

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Common Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth

Anyone can lose a tooth from severe tooth decay, genetic condition, gum disease, injury, or accident. Regardless of why you have one or several missin

Anyone can lose a tooth from severe tooth decay, genetic condition, gum disease, injury, or accident. Regardless of why you have one or several missing teeth, it can affect your appearance, negatively impact your teeth alignment and cause different dental health issues if you do not replace the tooth.  

The impact of a missing tooth or teeth ranges from speech difficulty to shifting of other teeth, chewing difficulty, and loss of the jawbone. However, different options are available for replacing your missing teeth and restoring your smile. These options include:

  1. Dental implants

Dental implants are one of the most common teeth replacement options. They look, feel and function like your natural teeth, and provide a permanent teeth replacement solution. You can get an implant to replace one or several missing teeth. With proper care, your implants can last a lifetime.

However, getting dental implants takes a while. You will first replace the tooth root with metal screws, which will serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. After placing the metal screws, you will wait for some months for the implant to heal and integrate with your jawbone. When the integration occurs, and your gums heal, the dentist will place a dental crown, bridge, or suitable restoration on it.

Advantages of dental implants

  • They are an effective teeth replacement option
  • They provide a permanent and lifelong replacement for missing teeth and do not need regular check-ups
  • They feel and look like the natural teeth
  • Implant placement does not affect the adjacent teeth

Disadvantages of dental implants

  • The implant requires placement in the jawbone, which is an invasive procedure that requires a long healing time and may result in an infection
  • Implants are one of the most expensive options for replacing missing teeth
  1. Implant-supported bridges

An implant-supported bridge is a perfect replacement option for people with several missing teeth in one row. Replacing each missing tooth with a dental implant will take a lot of time, but you will need only to fit the teeth at the two ends to secure an implant on them with an implant-supported bridge. The missing teeth in the middle will stay in place without screwing them into the jawbone.  

Advantages of implant-supported bridges

  • It is a cost-effective option for replacing missing teeth in a row
  • It gives a natural appearance
  • Implant-supported bridges are as effective as dental implants

Disadvantages of implant-supported bridges

  • You can only use them in limited conditions when you have several missing teeth in a row
  • Placement of implant-supported bridges require several dental visits
  • They are not a permanent solution, so you have to replace the bridges
  1. Tooth-supported bridge

Getting a tooth-supported bridge involves using the existing teeth to support the bridge instead of placing two dental implants. The dentist will place the artificial crown on the adjacent teeth for support. This procedure requires a few visits.  

Advantages of a tooth-supported bridge

  • It has a natural look and feels like dental implants
  • The procedure does not require surgery, making it less invasive
  • It is less expensive than dental implants

Disadvantages of a tooth-supported bridge

  • It requires filing down the adjacent teeth close to the missing one to allow the crown to fit properly, and this increases the risk of infection
  • Food particles can get stuck under the bridge, making cleaning the teeth difficult. If you do not take time to clean your teeth, you would be at an increased risk of bone loss and infection
  • The adjacent teeth may get damaged over time if your dentist doesn’t fit the bridge properly
  1. Removable partial dentures

Removable partial dentures are a simpler teeth replacement solution than implants. Unlike complete dentures for replacing all missing teeth, removable partial dentures are suitable for people with some missing teeth.  You would have to clasp the removable partial dentures into place. This ensures that the false teeth remain in the right spot.

Advantages of removable partial dentures

  • You can add several teeth to the partial denture if you lose other teeth in the future. This will help save money and time.
  • They are one of the most affordable teeth replacement options
  • Placing removable partial dentures is easy and only requires adding metal clasps
  • Repairing and replacing removable partial denture is easy

Disadvantages of removable partial dentures

  • They do not have a natural look because the metal clasps are visible
  • They are uncomfortable
  • You need to remove the dentures to clean them daily and take them out before sleeping
  1. Flippers

A flipper is a temporary partial denture that you can flip into its position and out. Flippers do not have metal clasps and do not need support from the adjacent.  

Advantages of flippers

  • Flippers are a cheap and painless teeth replacement option
  • Provides a temporary fix for missing teeth
  • Flippers are lighter than partial dentures

Disadvantages of flippers

  • Flipper is a temporary fix, and the bulky design increases their risk of getting broken
  • They are uncomfortable

Different options are available to replace your missing teeth and restore their function. These options range from permanent solutions, such as all-on-4 implants, to temporary fixes like flippers.

If you want London based all on 4 dental implants to replace your missing teeth, visit Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic today or call us on 020 7183 0755 to schedule an appointment for your initial consultation.

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