How can I replace a missing tooth?
When people lose a tooth or a few teeth, may it be from an accident, neglect or a bit of bad luck due to a heavily filled tooth. Whatever the cause it can be unclear as to what their options are for replacing a tooth/teeth. As anything, these days there are different options available to resolve the solution.
- Do nothing. Some people are happy to leave a gap depending on the position of the tooth in the mouth. This clearly carries no cost. Although there can be significant issues with teeth moving/drifting and can cause a wonky smile, awkward bite and difficult to clean spaces. Sadly this can lead to possible increase in gum disease or tooth decay.
- Dentures– These are false teeth which consist of removable plastic or metal framework that carry false teeth. These vary in cost vs. benefit. Some don’t mind having a removable option whereas others would not want this.
- Bridges – These are also false teeth which are fixed onto adjacent natural teeth but unlike dentures cannot be removed. Bridges are available in many circumstances but not all. Some teeth are not strong enough to support bridges and some would be too detrimental to existing teeth.
- Dental Implants – This is the slightly more expensive but very popular option. An implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth in place. These are stable; they don’t rely on other teeth for support, and if implants are well looked after they can feel and look like a natural tooth.
The cost of any above treatment depends on how many teeth are missing; where teeth are missing in the mouth; and the condition of the teeth remaining. A Dentist would be able to advise which treatment would be best suited for each.