It is very important for your long-term oral health to fill the space left behind by missing teeth. Here, our Surrey dentists outline are some tooth replacement options to choose from.
Why do I need to replace missing teeth?
If you do not fill a space where a tooth was extracted with an artificial replacement, the surrounding teeth can shift out of their proper positions over time. It can also cause the supporting structures of the teeth, such as the jaw bone, to deteriorate over time, causing facial collapse.
The following is a brief explanation of the tooth replacement options we offer at Surdel Dental Centre.
Dentures: Full & Partial
Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth as well as the tissue surrounding them.
You can get full dentures, which replace either a full upper or lower jaw of teeth. Or, you can get a partial denture to a single missing tooth, or a few in a row.
Dentures used to be made out of all sorts of strange materials, including lead, human teeth, cow teeth, and even elephant ivory! Fortunately, today we have access to better materials!
Modern dentures can be made of a variety of materials, mostly different types of resin, or porcelain. The framework that supports the teeth of the dentures is usually made of a rigid acrylic resin, or a flexible nylon polymer.
Dental bridges are permanent replacements for missing teeth. They are affixed to the teeth on either side of the gap, literally bridging it.
A dental bridge is made up of pontics (false teeth) which can be made of gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of these materials. They are attached on either side by two or more crowns, which are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap.
Dental implants are also permanent tooth replacements. These tiny titanium rods are surgically implanted into your jawbone, and then capped with a dental crown.
Dental Implants look, feel and behave just like natural teeth do. With proper care, they’ll last you a lifetime.