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What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?

Dr Preeti Shirbhate

Dr Preeti Shirbhate

  Thane west,      May 26, 2018

   2 min     

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Having trouble flashing that smile? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Fortunately, there are many ways to replace that empty space. Listed below are three of the most common ways to replace a missing tooth.

1.Dental Implant

An implant is the most natural way to replace a single missing tooth. Implant shows no difference when you chew, brush or smile. 

When you get an implant, the dentist places a post mostly made up of titanium into the jawbone at the site of your missing tooth.  After the post is accepted by the body, then a crown (a tooth-like structure) is cemented on the post. The major advantage of fitting a dental implant is that there is no need to alter any other teeth when placing it.

2.Bridge

A bridge is a ‘go-to’ answer for a missing tooth. It is a good choice when there are teeth on either side of your missing tooth.

When you get a bridge the dentist cuts down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth in order to connect them together.

The advantages of bridges are:

  • It is a fixed solution which stays cemented in the mouth and does not come out. 
  • A bridge can substitute one or two missing teeth effortlessly and sometimes more if there is enough support.
  • Also while fitting a bridge sometimes the neighbouring teeth might need a filling or a crown; filling the gap and fixing the adjacent tooth there are two advantages at once.

The disadvantages of it are:

  • Cutting down of the perfectly healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
  • Regular flossing is recommended to keep the slide under the bridge clean.
  • Many times the bridge fixed in the lower jaw does not last since the jaw flexes and the unbendable bridge can spring a leak on one side. This might also cause decay or bacteria to seep in.

3.Denture

When we think about dentures we imagine an old granny holding an artificial jaw with a full set of teeth. But no, a removable partial denture can replace one or many missing teeth. It can be worn during the day and removed at night. Yes, it can be that simple.

The disadvantages of it are:

  • A partial denture may generally need a metal clasps to help it stay in the mouth.  Sadly, these shiny metal clasps are easily visible when speaking or smiling. 
  • A removable partial denture can move a little when speaking or eating, which can be uncomfortable.
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