Smile Makeover for Missing Teeth
Replacing a Lost Tooth
Loss of all natural teeth can result in a person’s psychological, social, and physical impairment. Some people have difficulties adjusting back to a normal life after losing their natural teeth. It is for both aesthetic and functional reasons to replace missing teeth, which are commonly done in three ways:
Dentures are removable artificial teeth. They should be removed after every meal and cleaned and before sleep. Dentures are most commonly used when several teeth need to be replaced.
Pros: it is the most economical way of replacing lost teeth.
Cons: even with well-constructed dentures, there may be some limitations in speech, chewing ability, taste perception, and quality of life.
Bridges are fixed artificial teeth that are rigid and cannot be removed. A bridge can only replace a few teeth and requires good, strong natural teeth on either side of the empty space to support the artificial teeth.
Pros: They are fixed onto your natural teeth
Cons: You sacrifice two good natural teeth on the two ends of the empty space in order to hold the bridge in place. This method will not be suitable you are missing a second molar.
Often called the third set of permanent teeth in one’s lifetime, dental implants has become the platinum standard treatment for the replacement of missing teeth, and possibly the only permanent solution.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth or in cases with complete tooth loss. Therefore almost any situation can potentially be treated with this modality. However various factors need to be taken into consideration such as bone volume and quality, tooth and jaw relationships, oral habits and general medical health. Your dental surgeon will assess your suitability for treatment with these implants.
Pros: Long-lasting permanent solution. No need to sacrifice natural tooth. Fixed unremovable prosthetic.
Cons: the entire treatment consists of two stages which may span over 4-6 months. Immediate loading implant, where the entire dental implant treatment is completed within the same day, is possible for selected cases.