There are a number of treatment options available to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or a whole arch of teeth. They are simply an artificial device designed to replace the root portion of the missing tooth or teeth, which are allowed to integrate with the bone.
Teeth can be lost due to many reasons, however there is no reason why you should live without them, as dental implants can provide a safe way of replacing a single tooth or a number of missing teeth.
Dental implants have developed into a structured, well-defined and researched procedure and are today considered standard of care. Once the procedure has been completed, and provided proper oral hygiene is maintained, an implant can last indefinitely. An implant can give you the look, feel and function of natural teeth.
Combined with state-of-the-art diagnostic and planning technology the team at Adelaide dental by design has embraced recent improvements and techniques.
To find out if an implant is right for you, talk to us and we will be happy to discuss your options.
A dental bridge is one alternative to replace missing teeth.
A bridge is a porcelain appliance cemented into the mouth and is made up of anchoring teeth called “abutments” which support the porcelain false tooth or teeth. The supported teeth are called “pontics”.
A traditional fixed bridge is different to a removable or partial denture, as you do not take it out of your mouth. Using latest technology and materials porcelain bridges are custom made for each individual case and can improve cosmetic appearances using shape, colour and alignment.
In some cases a bridge may not be the best solution however, your individual needs will be thoroughly investigated and the appropriate treatment will be advised by the experienced team at Adelaide dental by design.
Complete dentures are used to replace missing teeth for people with no remaining teeth in one or both jaws. Dentures can also be used for people who have lost several teeth; these appliances are called partial dentures and they rely on the remaining teeth for support and retention. Overdentures may be used to provide a removeable solution where indicated using several remaining teeth or implants for retention.
While a denture can provide patients with a functional, aesthetic option to replace missing teeth, they do require ongoing maintenance to retain retentive elements and strength. Many wearers experience interference with speech and loss of suction seal. In some cases additional denture retention may be improved with the addition of implant attachments. (overdentures)
Under proper care a denture can provide patients with a satisfactory restoration, however it is no longer a first-choice treatment to replace missing teeth.