Replacing Missing Teeth
What happens when you lose a tooth?
- Loss of chewing efficiency, making it more difficult to chew your favourite foods
- Loss of confidence in your smile
- Adjacent and opposing teeth can move out of alignment
- Bite and jaw issues may develop
- The bone and gum will recede as the root of your tooth helps to maintain bone height
If you have a missing tooth and would like to discuss options for replacement please call us at Gentle Dental Hawthorn on (03) 9818 2994 or book online.
There is no need to suffer with tooth loss. Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants are often the preferred method of tooth replacement.
Dental implants replace the missing tooth and preserve the remaining bone by stimulating the bone cells to remain after the natural tooth is removed.
There are many advantages of implants over traditional methods of replacing teeth. We no longer need to rely on the adjacent teeth or remove any of the tooth structure of the adjacent teeth like we do when placing a bridge. Dental implants function like normal teeth so you no longer need to worry about an uncomfortable or ill-fitting denture. Implants enhance your overall quality of life.
In some circumstances the area may not be eligible for a dental implant. In this case, as long as the adjacent teeth have a good prognosis, a bridge is a great option to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. It is extremely important to maintain optimal hygiene practices to keep the area very clean to help the bridge last as long as possible.
There are several types of bridges. An indirect bridge is where we place crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap. Between these two teeth a porcelain replica of a tooth is bonded so it will fill in the gap and look and function like there is a tooth present. A maryland bridge is where we bond a porcelain replica tooth to an adjacent tooth. The advantage is we reduce the amount of tooth structure removed from the adjacent tooth, however, this option is not as strong so is mainly only used for anterior teeth. A direct bridge is where we bond composite resin to adjacent teeth and then shape the composite resin to look like a tooth. With this option we don’t need to remove extensive tooth structure on adjacent teeth, however, the material is not as strong as an indirect bridge.