Fill a gap – Dental implant, Dental Bridge or Partial Denture?

Which suits you the best

There are many reasons why a person might have a missing tooth: injury, decay resulting in extraction or maybe even resulting from it never growing in the first place. Other than a missing tooth causing possible difficulty with chewing food there are other issues which may occur as a result of one or more teeth missing.

Having a missing tooth can result in the other teeth around that gap moving towards the empty space. This can cause the bite to change and become less effective for eating as well as affecting your overall smile appearance.

The opposing tooth to the missing one can also move towards the empty gap which makes it protrude from the Gum line more exposing it and possibly creating higher sensitivity.

Having a missing tooth also results in slow bone decay in the area where the missing tooth once was as there is nothing there for the bone to grow around anymore.

There are many issues a missing tooth can cause but thankfully with modern dental techniques there are also just as many solutions.

The gold standard solution would be a Dental implant, this replaces the individual tooth in a natural looking way using an implant screw and a special implant crown.

The next popular option is to have a Dental Bridge made. This usually consists of 2 – 3, or more units to fill the gap with a fake tooth made from porcelain. A Dental Bridge is fitted to a natural or implant tooth by a crown and the gap is filled with a porcelain pontic (fake tooth) which is attached to the porcelain crown.

A Maryland Dental Bridge is a different type of bridge which can offer a solution to filling gap left by a missing tooth. This solution adheres a pontic piece (fake tooth) to the back of the two teeth alongside the missing tooth.

If these above options do not suit, there is the option of a Partial Denture. This is a removable Denture which is specifically designed to fill only the missing teeth within your bite to improve aesthetic and function. The Denture is designed and fitted especially for you and based on either an acrylic or metal frame.

With whichever method you choose, there is always a need to maintain a thorough oral health routine to maintain the prevention of further decay which can result in more teeth being compromised in the future. Each method comes with specific methods of cleaning – for example for Bridges there is a special floss you mind find easier to use which is made for patients with Dental Bridges.

It is important for you to visit the Dentist 6 monthly for a check-up and clean (scale and clean) to ensure you are on top of removing your calculus build up and preventing decay.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us to make a consultation appointment with one of our Dentists. All quotations will be completed at your visit for you so please bring your health insurance fund card with you.

We are unable to quote over email as the dentist would need to assess your mouth/teeth at an appointment to accurately know which codes you might require.