If you are looking to replace one or more missing teeth, there are a few options.
There are many configurations and the solution should be customised for your mouth. This depends on: your functional requirements, aesthetic requirements, surrounding bone structure, neighbouring teeth and your bite. Your dentist will advise of the most appropriate method of tooth replacement for you.
Bridges allow replacement of one or more missing teeth. They make use of the adjacent teeth to anchor the artificial tooth or teeth. In essence, they involve placing crowns on the anchor teeth that then allow an artificial tooth to join to.
Bridges are fixed in the mouth and are effective in restoring chewing function. They are able to replicate the shape and colour of natural teeth and can blend in seamlessly. They are a cosmetically and functionally sound way of replacing a missing tooth. The treatment generally involves two appointments.
Dental implants are a stand-alone tooth replacement option. Unlike a bridge they do not rely on neighbouring natural teeth for support. The dental implant is placed into the jaw where it integrates with the bone. This then supports the crown that is placed on top. It is an excellent and predictable way of replacing a missing tooth.
Dental implants can be used in many configurations and purposes. They can be used to replace single teeth, or many teeth – even an entire set of teeth. Dental implants can also be used to stabilise loose dentures to improve comfort, functionality and chewing ability.