We understand the importance of a bright, beautiful smile, as well as the affect of healthy teeth on your overall health. Here at Meneage Dental in Helston, we have provided dentures, bridges and implants to patients from across Cornwall. Here are some frequently asked questions about tooth replacement treatments:
Q: Why should I replace missing teeth?
A: Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
Q: How are missing teeth replaced?
A: This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in the mouth. The condition of the other teeth also affects the decision.
There are several ways to replace missing teeth:
Removable false tooth or teeth.
Adhesive Sticky Bridge
This is a false tooth or teeth stuck to teeth either side of the gap.
A false tooth is attached by crowning the teeth either side of the gap (see crowns for more info).
This uses a Titanium screw to replace the root of the tooth and a false tooth is attached to the screw.
Q: What are they made of?
A: • Dentures – The false tooth / teeth are attached to either a plastic or metal base, the denture is removed for cleaning. This is a relatively simple way of replacing missing teeth.
• Adhesive / Sticky Bridges – Adhesive bridges involve sticking restorations to teeth using special dental adhesives (see cosmetic treatment). Compared to conventional bridges this procedure requires very little preparation of the supporting tooth / teeth.
• Conventional Bridges – These are made by crowning the teeth on either side of the gap and attaching a false tooth on the middle. These bridges are made from the same materials and fixed in the same way as crowns.
• Implants – This is the gold standard of replacing missing teeth as it does not involve the remaining teeth and has the longest life span. Dental implants are artificial high tech tooth roots that are made of titanium.
They can replace one tooth, several or all teeth providing a stable base for crowns, bridges or dentures to be carried on. This means there is no need to suffer with loose dentures or to damage the neighbouring teeth to attach a bridge to.
Providing you are suitable and after precise planning the implant is normally place at one appointment.
Please contact us if you have any further question or would like to discuss this treatment further.