EMBARRASSED ABOUT MISSING TEETH?
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
Losing one or more teeth is a traumatic experience. At ABC Dentistry we offer a number of options to replace your missing teeth. As with all of our treatments, we take a conservative, minimally invasive approach. The best treatment for you will depend upon your individual circumstances and needs.
If you require restoration of missing tooth or gap, one option is a bridge. Bridges are usually made of a metal base which gives them a solid structure and makes them hard-wearing. If you need a bridge in your smile line, porcelain is usually added to the base to make it look more like real teeth. A bridge helps to strengthen the prepared teeth and makes chewing and eating easier because they are fixed and can’t come out.
Some bridges can also be fixed to your jaw with dental implants, if you have several teeth next to each other that are missing.
Once you have a bridge fitted, you will have to take extra care of your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and that you can prevent bad breath. We recommend that you also see a dental hygienist on a regular basis to promote the life span of the bridge and prevent gum problems or tooth decay which could lead to the loss of the bridge.
Implant treatment is provided at our practice by Dr Charles Smith who has undertaken extensive post graduate training in implantology and prosthodontics. Dental implants are a great solution for one or more missing teeth. They comprise a titanium screw, which is secured into the jaw bone under local anaesthetic and, after bonding and healing has taken place, a crown is fitted on top.
Implants function in much the same way as regular teeth and are easier to care for than dentures. They are also permanent, so you don’t have to remove them at night or for cleaning. Unlike bridges, you don’t need any work done to surrounding, healthy teeth to fit a dental implant, and if looked after properly they can last for many years.
Like regular teeth, you need to look after your implants properly, cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush and floss or interdental brushes, and attending regular dental check-ups. Habits such as smoking can have a detrimental effect on dental implants and you should discuss this with your dentist before treatment.
The days of having to put up with missing teeth and unsightly gaps are long gone.
There are now many different options available. We will help you to find the best option to suit your needs!
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