Replacing Missing Teeth
Teeth lost due to extensive decay, fracturing or any other dental problem can be replaced. Replacing missing teeth improves your smile, appearance and dental health.
Options for replacing missing teeth include:
Implants are synthetic tooth roots attached to the jawbone. A crown, bridge or denture is then attached to the implant. They are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. Implants require surgery, and can last up to 20 years.
A dentist may recommend a bridge if only one or two teeth are missing. Bridges are made of porcelain or metal, and last from 7 to 15 years.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth, and is made of a combination of metals.
Types of dentures
Complete denture: Complete or full dentures replace all the teeth. Complete dentures are for the upper or lower jaw. Full upper dentures cover the roof of your mouth, and are more difficult because there is less gum support.
Partial Dentures: A partial denture replaces one or more missing teeth. A partial denture is a metal framework which contains false teeth.
Overdentures: An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of natural teeth. The natural teeth must be strong enough to provide support for the denture.