3 Ways to Replace Missing Teeth
Overview of how to replace missing teeth
Is it time to replace that tooth you lost in your last hockey game? Or did the genetic lottery give you bad teeth? Is it now time go about replacing those missing teeth? Not sure how to go about it?
There are three main ways to replace missing teeth: dental implants, crowns & bridges, and dentures.
Dental implants are an artificial root made out metal that will secure at the crown (one tooth) or denture (several teeth). The implant will be placed in the jawbone and will act just like a tooth root - that being the anchor for the tooth.
Crowns are also known as caps. They are a fake tooth that is placed on top of a misshapen tooth or used when there is a large filling.
A dental bridge replaces two or more teeth. Unlike a crown, which sits on top a tooth or implant, a bridge is held in place by the neighbouring teeth or dental implants.
Dentures replace multiple missing teeth. There are two types of dentures: complete or partial. A complete denture is used when all teeth are missing. A partial denture is fixed by neighbouring teeth are is used when the teeth are not healthy enough to support a bridge - it is removable.