Do I need Dental Bridge Work?
Dental bridge work is one of the options for patients who have one or several missing teeth. But there are a whole range of options to replace a tooth (or a set of teeth). This will give you an overview ranging from less to more complex treatment options.
At NewSmile Dental Perth, our first step is to discuss your diagnosis and requirements, so you have a full understanding of the treatments we offer at our practice in Perth.
You must consider the advantages of disadvantages of tooth replacement options, including partial dentures, dental bridges, and implant supported teeth.
Removable partial dentures can be the lowest cost method of replacing missing teeth. They are used to prevent additional problems caused by one or several missing teeth. In general, partial dentures are held in place by metal clasps, and are made of either metal or acrylic. The gums of the artificial tooth appliance are made of acrylic.
The benefits of partial dentures are:
- Restoration of your speech and chewing capacity
- Preventing further migration of the remaining teeth
- Preventing apparent sagging of your facial structure (lips and cheeks)
- Can be easily removed for cleaning
To benefit from partial dentures as a solution for missing teeth, you need remaining healthy gums and remaining teeth to fit the removable dentures.
Unfortunately, partial dentures do not stop the shinkage of jaw bone or gum caused by tooth loss - but they are a quick and non-invasive method of replacing missing teeth. Your dentist at NewSmile Perth will first perform a thorough diagnosis, to determine if partial dentures, bridge work, implants or even full implants with All On 4 can be a suitable solution for you.
It is important that your removable dentures fit well. If not, they can cause a bad bite, and trauma to your gums and remaining teeth. The quality of the fit also influences your overall appearance and other functions such as speech.
Single or Multiple Implant, Crowns and Bridge Work
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can be used for the most natural method if tooth replacement. Your dentist surgically positions the implant in an opening that is created in your jawbone. The implant then integrates into the bone, and functions as a root for the crown that we place on top of it. The crown is designed to look like a natural tooth, and fills the space that was left by your missing tooth.
To use single-tooth implants, your dentist will first establish if you have enough bone in your jaw, and whether it has the right strength to support your implant.
If there is not enough bone for implants, a bone-grafting procedure can be done at our in-house implant clinic by the Complete Implants Perth team.
How does a single-tooth replacement with a dental implant work?
- The implant is placed in your jaw bone and fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration.
- An abutment and porcelain crown are attached to the implant with a screw, emerging through the gum like a natural tooth.
When is dental bridgework used to replace missing teeth?
Tooth-supported dental bridgework can also be used to replace one or more teeth. The bridge consists of one or several new teeth, held in place by dental crowns on the adjacent teeth. If you have natural teeth on both sides of a gap (and one tooth is missing), then the adjacent teeth are prepared by removing all or some of the enamel layer. Crowns are then cemented on top and hold the bridge in place.
Implant-supported bridges use dental implants as a support instead of crowns, meaning multiple teeth can be replaced on a smaller number of implants, without any damage to adjacent teeth. This can often be the best solution.
When your teeth are not able to be saved and all need to be removed, All On 4 treatment offers you the benefit of new, comfortable and esthetically pleasing teeth, immediately performed with just one procedure. At our state-of-the art dental centre in Perth, we are partners with the only official All On 4 Clinic for WA.
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