OPTIONS TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH
There are multiple ways to replace a missing teeth:
- Best being an Implant(Link to implant page)(Fixed teeth)
- Dental Bridge(Fixed teeth)
- Removable plates called Removable partial Denture(Not fixed)
To understand what a bridge is, we have to know:
WHAT IS A CROWN?
Crown is like a cap for your teeth which encircles & covers your tooth.
It can be used to treat severely discoloured & rotated teeth or broken down teeth
Crowns are of many types. The traditional ones came with a layer of metal below the tooth colored material which is known as ceramic or porcelain
This is how they looked:
Nowdays full ceramic or metal free crowns are available.
WHAT IS A DENTAL BRIDGE
It is a FIXED option to save teeth where for saving a missing tooth, 2 nearby teeth are used as support.
This is done by means of 3 joint caps. This is similar to a flyover with supporting pillars.
To know if you are the right candidate for a bridge, click here(contact us)
Sturdy, natural looking way of replacing missing teeth
You ll be able to chew, eat & speak without difficulty
REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTURE
A Previously used common way to replace missing teeth was a removable partial denture. It fits on your gums and is not fixed. It has to be worn while eating & going out but removed everyday to clean.
When you wear a denture it may take some getting used to when speaking or eating and chewing. It is important that you take extra care when conducting your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease
WITH SO MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH, WHICH IS THE BEST ONE?
In todays modern world where your appearance & comfort is the topmost priority, it is undoubtedly an Implant.
For an implant you don’t need to take the support of nearby teeth. So, no harm comes to them. Thus, implants are longer lasting than bridges if maintained with proper care. Due to cutting of natural adjacent teeth for bridge support, after 6-7 years they tend to develop cavities.
Maintenance is more difficult in bridges, gum below the crowns &bridges may become infected if not maintained. Implants are easier to maintain.
Implants are more comfortable to chew and require less appointments. Bridges require more appointments.
FAQ about dental implants:
⦁ Will I feel pain during implant treatment?
Not at all. Dental implants are absolutely painless. Whatever pain & discomfort felt post appointment can be managed with minor painkillers which will be prescribed to you
⦁ Will I be able to eat everything on the implants?
Yes, absolutely. You will be able to chew & eat like before
⦁ What is the maintenance that is required?
Maintenance simply means regular brushing(twice) & flossing at home.
Along with this you will need to visit us for cleaning once a year (maybe more depending on the number of implants)
⦁ Are Implants costlier than bridge?
No. Let us do a simple math.
If the cost of replacing a single tooth by bridge is 15000 for a reasonably good quality bridge, then dividing it by the average number of years it lasts which is 7 years, the cost comes to 2142 per year.
Cost of a good implant for a single tooth is 25000 approx., dividing it by the average number of years it is going to used for which is 15 years, the cost per year is 1666. Implants if properly maintained last longer plus you save your natural healthy teeth.
⦁ How long do Implants & Bridges Last?
Implants last for a life time if maintained well as per the instructions given. Bridges last for around 7-8 years, maybe more if maintained well.
Due to cutting of adjacent teeth, cavities start on a microscopic level and slowly become bigger, weakening the tooth causing problems at 6-7 years.