Missing teeth will affect your appearance and your dental health. Your teeth need to work together when you talk, smile, laugh and chew. So, when one or more is missing it can cause difficulty in doing these everyday things. Not only that but your face can look older due to the shape change in your mouth and jaw.
The change of shape occurs when there is a gap in the teeth because the other teeth can move out of their natural position. Shifting teeth can also lead to other problems such as bone loss, tooth decay, gum disease and more.
The good news is that missing teeth can be replaced. At Painfree Dentistry our dentists can offer a treatment plan based on your own unique needs. We offer implants, fixed bridges and removable dentures. If you want:
- Efficient and successful treatment
- A smile you can be proud of
- More self-confidence
- A complete smile that is healthy and looks beautiful
- Treatment perfect for your own individual needs
Consider getting advice and treatment for missing teeth and more from Painfree Dentistry.
An implant is an artificial tooth that is placed into the jawbone. The implant is made from very strong material and the procedure has successful results. This treatment involves the implant being put into the bone after that is healed a small post will be secured to the implant. The post will support the new tooth. Your bone will grow and bond to the implant which makes it a strong tooth replacement option.
How Long Does the Implant Treatment Take?
The implant treatment time can range from three to nine months. The back upper jaw takes around nine months, front lower jaw around 4 months and in other places around six months. This can vary from patient to patient. If a bone graft is needed it could take longer.
Advantages of implants
Implants are strong and natural looking. The other teeth are not damaged in any way for this treatment and implants can stop bone loss occurring.
Fixed Bridge Treatment
A bridge will fill the gaps where one or multiple teeth are missing. The bridge treatment will restore your bite and keep your face in shape. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth around the empty space. The natural teeth act as an anchor and will support the bridge. Bridges can be colour matched to your natural teeth.
Different Types of Dental Bridges Available
The three main types of dental bridges offered are:
- Traditional Bridge – Traditional bridges involve a crown being created for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, with a false tooth in-between. These are usually made from porcelain.
- Cantilever Bridge – This type of bridge is used when there are only teeth surrounding the gap on one side.
- Maryland Bridge – Maryland bridges support your gums with a metal frame. Porcelain is usually used for the teeth and a metal wing will be placed on each side of the bridge.
How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?
With good hygiene and regular dentist visits, you can expect your bride to last ten years or more.
Implants or Bridge?
Dental implants can last longer than a bridge and will look more natural on close inspection. However, some patients do not want to take on the long treatment time of an implant. A bridge will cost less than implant too. A bridge is a great choice if you want a good fix on a budget.
A denture is a removable appliance used to replace missing teeth. You can have this treatment if you have some teeth missing or all your teeth missing.
How long the treatment will last for?
Every patient is different so treatment time can vary. In some cases, the dentures can be placed immediately and these are called immediate dentures. Your dentist will discuss the timescale with you.