If you have missing teeth, your dentist will advise you of the best range of options for your individual case. The following are simplified versions of some of the options available which can be carried out by your dentist or by specialist referral.
Missing Tooth Options
When a tooth is missing there are usually a number of solutions available. You could have a denture made and fitted to a plate. Alternatively a bridge can be fitted to an adjacent tooth. Or you could have an implant which doesn’t affect the adjacent teeth.
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Missing Tooth Options (posterior)
When a tooth is missing there are usually a number of solutions available. You could have a denture made and fitted to a plate. Alternatively a bridge can be fitted to the adjacent teeth. Or an implant may be the best solution.
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Missing Teeth Options
When a number of teeth are missing, there are various options available. You may choose to have a denture. But over time, your gums will recede and the denture may not fit as well. You could choose to have implants to secure the denture. One way is a small number of Implants with a bar and magnets to hold the denture another is a small number of implants to which the denture is secured or a greater number of implants onto which a set of teeth and permanently fitted.
Once a tooth is lost, the bone and gum will begin to recede. If you later decide to have an implant fitted it may mean that the implant would sit too high or the crown would sit too low for your ‘bite’. A material can be inserted into the cavity to encourage bone re-growth. Over time, this will provide a sufficient amount of bone to support the implant.
After a long period after a tooth has been lost the bone often shrinks away and becomes too thin to place an implant. One solution is to physically expand the bone, using special tools prior to the placement of the implant.