Teeth Replacement

Replacing Missing Teeth

 

Teeth are required to help you function such as chew your food, help with speech as well as your Smile. If you are missing one or more teeth, you will be aware of the problems it causes you both in terms of chewing and aesthetics. Missing the back teeth will result is more of the front teeth being damaged over time and food getting caught between your teeth.

 

Well the good news is that it can be fixed by a variety of means either in a fixed or a removable manner. Natural teeth are fixed and hence the best method would be to mimic nature.

 

Fixed - Single / Multiple Teeth

Removable Single / Multiple Teeth

Dental Implants

Removable Implant retained denture

Crown and Bridge

Removable partial Denture

Complete Denture


 

Dental Implants

 

Dental Implants are most similar to natural tooth. The dental implant behaves like the root of a tooth to which a dental crown is attached. It behave like a natural tooth as in function and aesthetics.


Dental implant placement has multiple steps and stage. These are

  1. Diagnostics for planning

  2. Placement of the Dental Implant

  3. Healing process

  4. Tooth replacement process


Advantages of Dental Implants are

  1. Most similar to natural tooth

  2. Does not affect adjacent teeth

  3. Last long time, even decades

  4. Prevents Shrinkage of bone

  5. Maintains gingival health

  6. Can replace multiple missing teeth on a few implants or even the entire jaw


Disadvantages of Dental Implants are

  1. Is a surgical process and may not be suitable for those, with medical risk

  2. Requires multiple visits and steps

  3. Costs more than others


Advanced diagnostic imaging tools such as CBCT and Intraoral scanners such as ITero and Trios are used at A2ZDental to create digitally navigated surgical stents to optimise the placement of the dental implant as well as minimise any collateral damage to other structures.


Crown and Bridge

 

Multiple teeth are prepared to accept the bridge to replace missing teeth. Crown glues on the prepared teeth and the bridge is the missing teeth that are being replaced.


Crown and Bridge has multiple steps and stage. These are

  1. Preparation of Teeth

  2. Digital Impressions or standard impressions

  3. Manufacturing of the bridge

  4. Temporisation of the prepared teeth.


Advantages of Dental Implants are

  1. Quicker to complete than Implants

  2. Cost slightly less than implants


Disadvantages of Dental Implants are

  1. Teeth prepared for bridge may require Root Canal Treatment

  2. Sometimes good teeth (virgin teeth) are prepared for the bridge, which may need further treatment

  3. When it fails affects multiple teeth

  1. Requires extra effort to keep it clean



Dentures - These are Removable


Denture have been the mainstay of dentures in past and is gradually being used less and less. Denture have a resin or a metal base to which teeth are attached and are retained by clasps and hooks on other teeth.


Types of Dentures at A2ZDental



Type

Application

Advantage

Disadvantage

Complete Denture

Replacement of all teeth on each jaw.

Quick to make

Cost is low

Bulky

Food gets stuck under the denture

Wobbles and moves

Comes off with sticky food

Partial Denture

Replace a few teeth

Quick construction

Low cost


High Maintenance

Damages adjacent teeth


When the denture relies on teeth to hold the denture it is called tooth retained denture and usually have clasps. At A2ZDental we make special clipless dentures that are slightly more involved both in cost and time to construct. If the denture relies on an implant, it is an implant retained denture.



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