Losing a tooth can have a devastating impact on your confidence. It can make you feel self-conscious about your smile in public. If you have a tooth missing, you may find that you change the way you smile in an attempt to hide the gap. It's possible that you won't be able to chew properly on the side the tooth is missing from. Whether it was lost through injury or advanced tooth decay, a single tooth can be successfully replaced.
1) Dental implants
This is an ideal way to replace a missing tooth.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically placed into the gap created by missing tooth. Once in position, the implant begins to integrate with the surrounding bone and tissues, firmly anchoring itself in position.
The implant will not only restore your appearance, it will also function like a normal tooth, allowing you to eat, bite and chew with comfort. The added benefit of replacing a single tooth with an implant is that the jawbone remains intact over time.
Dental implants are usually fitted under local anaesthetic. If you're feeling nervous about the procedure, we can arrange for you to have sedation.
The cost of your dental implant will vary depending on the complexity of treatment.
A bridge uses the teeth on either side of a gap to replace the missing tooth. A bridge usually involves trimming one or two teeth adjacent to the gap. The adjacent teeth are crowned and a false tooth is attached between the crowns to fill the gap. The dentist will cement the bridge in place so you don't have to remove it.
3) Removable partial denture
A denture is made from hard-wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a natural appearance. Dentures are made to fit snugly on your gums and you will be able to remove them for cleaning. They are made of various types of materials.
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