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Why Should You Consider Tooth Replacement?

Replacing missing teeth not only enhances appearance but also improves speech and chewing abilities, boosting your quality of life.

In fact, replacing missing teeth is vital for maintaining good oral health and overall well-being. Missing teeth can lead to various problems including loss of jawbone density, a sunken facial appearance, misalignment of remaining teeth and increased risk of decay. So, it’s important to address missing teeth and explore the treatment options available.

For some people, replacing missing teeth can be quite daunting and most people will take a little while to process the steps. However, we’ve got you covered with a summary of your options below.

 

Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement and are the next best thing to your natural teeth. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed into your jaw. After it integrates with the surrounding bone, a crown is then fixed onto the implant to replace the missing teeth.

Additionally, in severe cases with multiple missing teeth, implants can be used in combination with dentures to help loose dentures stay “locked” in the mouth, creating a more stable and comfortable environment. These are known as implant-supported dentures. If you lack the bone density for conventional dental implants, all-on-4 implants may be a better solution for you to consider. Using only up to 4 strategically placed implants, this requires far less bone density and your prosthetic teeth can be fitted on top just as successfully. Assess your eligibility for these treatments by coming in for a consultation with one of our dental professionals.

Pros of Dental Implants

  • list icon Natural looking
  • list icon High success rate in healthy patients
  • list icon Same maintenance as natural tooth (brush & floss as normal)
  • list icon Stable & comfortable
  • list iconStrong & functional
  • list icon No alterations needed to the adjacent teeth

 

Cons of Dental Implants

  • list icon Pre-planning and multiple appointments required
  • list icon Requires minor surgery
  • list icon Lower success rate for patients with particular medical history, poor gum health and hygiene
  • list icon Has minimum requirements for bone density and may require additional procedures

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Dental Bridges

In cases of single tooth replacements, bridges are considered the second-best solution. A dental bridge is when the two teeth on either side of a missing tooth gap receive crowns and then a fake tooth, or “pontic” is added in between to fill the space. Here are some of the pros and cons.

 

Pros of Dental Bridges

  • list icon Permanently fixed so it has better functionality than removable dentures
  • list icon Natural looking
  • list icon Less reliant on anatomical requirements
  • list icon Less dependent on patient’s health history and can be done at any age
  • list icon Improves your ability to chew and speak properly
  • list icon Prevents other teeth from shifting out of position

 

Cons of Dental Bridges

  • list icon Must have adjacent teeth on either side of the gap
  • list icon Have to place a crown on adjacent teeth
  • list icon Harder to maintain/keep clean under the bridge, which could lead to recurrent decay
  • list icon Natural bone loss under the bridge can lead to gaps between the gums and bridge, leading to food packing

Removable Partial Dentures

We offer both full and partial dentures at Purity Dental for those who prefer more conventional methods of tooth replacement. These days, partial dentures, which are removable appliances are ideally the last best option for tooth replacement. Partial dentures come in different shapes and materials. Dentures can also be used in combination with dental implants (implant-supported dentures) to create a more stable environment for your new teeth.

 

Pros of Removable Partial Dentures

  • list icon Affordable
  • list icon Seldom need significant alterations to natural teeth
  • list icon Doesn’t require surgery

 

Cons of Removable Partial Dentures

  • list icon Less aesthetic appeal
  • list icon Not as secure as permanent implants
  • list icon Bulky and can be uncomfortable
  • list icon Must be removed and cleaned daily

We can help you restore confidence in your smile, while eating, talking and functioning normally, with a range of tooth replacement methods. Call us today to schedule your appointment so we can get started on finding the best treatment for you.

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Restore your smile at Purity Dental

At Purity Dental, we offer an incredible range of tooth replacement solutions that are customised to meet your dental needs. Our experienced dentists will work with you to determine the best treatment for your unique condition. We use the latest technologies and materials to craft your prosthetic teeth, ensuring they look and feel just like your natural teeth.

Whether you’re looking to replace a tooth, or come in for a routine checkup and clean, we’re here to help provide the comprehensive care you need to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

We also offer other comprehensive dental services such as general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, orthodontics and restorative dentistry for all your dental needs. Get in touch with our friendly team today to schedule an appointment!

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