What are my options for replacing one missing tooth?

What are my options for replacing one missing tooth?

So what we’re looking at here is a removable
partial denture that’s got a metal chrome framework and you can see what’s holding these
teeth onto the adjacent teeth are these metal clasps. And all I want to illustrate really
is a few different denture designs. So certainly the advantage of a removable denture usually
is its cost in that of all the tooth replacement options this is the cheaper of the lot. So
it’s usually around, say, $1,500 estimate, something you’d get a quote from the dentist
for. This denture here you just need to look at
as well. The disadvantage is it is potentially going to show when you smile. It doesn’t always,
but can show you that clasp when you’re smiling. And also the function, you can see with the
function of this denture, it’s holding onto the teeth next door with the clasp and should
you not actually have a tooth behind the gap — so in this instance there’s no tooth behind
here — quite often when you’re biting it’s going to rock a little. And depending on why
you’re getting your teeth replaced, you may consider that this actually, if you’re going
for function, isn’t going to give you a lot of function. So a removable denture doesn’t
actually give you much function, it’s even worse if there’s no tooth behind it.
In contrast, the next option you may consider is a bridge. Now, the bridge’s advantage is
that it’s fixed so it’s not removable. So a denture you need to take out at night so
you don’t get a fungal infection underneath the denture which sometimes occurs. A bridge
is something which is permanently fixed there. So your dentist will shave down the two teeth
next door, you can see the reduction in the tooth shape that occurs with that bridge preparation,
and then they cement that bridge on top. So its advantage is that it’s fixed to the teeth
next door. Disadvantage is probably it’s price, it’s roughly about $3,500, but you’d need
to check with your dentist to get an accurate quote for, and it can weaken the teeth next
door, well, rather it does weaken the teeth next door. So sometimes you’ll find that the
tooth next door actually breaks because of the load that it’s taking by holding onto
these teeth. The alternative option for teeth replacements
are implants, the big disadvantage of the implants is its cost. We have the implant
component which might be $2,900 and the crown which might be that same amount again as well.
The advantages of the implant really is that it’s fixed to the jaw, it’s not touching the
teeth next door, and it’s not something that is going to cover the palate at all or have
clasps like a removable partial denture. So they’re the options really for replacing
one single tooth.

Author: Kevin Mason

18 thoughts on “What are my options for replacing one missing tooth?

  1. I find it interesting you mention, 'function' when all implants are considered, 'cosmetic' I'm quite well aware you should understand the difficulties in function and cosmetic being side by side; I am placing no blame just looking to define my idea and perspective.

    My question is, what do you think about the american dentistry industry calling all dental implants cosmetic? I would figure something like the plastic temporary tooth which makes disposable teeth to be truly cosmetic; instead the US will see surgically implanted rods as a cosmetic procedure instead of a functional and medical one. I would consider the craft of making a tooth for that implanted rod to seem extremely realistic and cosmetic, but a basic functional tooth like shape which will make eating possible seems to be a non-cosmetic procedure to me. What are your thoughts on this in American culture?

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  4. bridge look convenient but youre shaving the next teeth a little. means, you're removing few important layers of their enamels. that suck.

  5. I hate the idea of shaving down teeth next to the replacement. I’m 74, and Istead of dental implants that I can’t afford, I guess I’ll have to go with two bridges…one up and one down. Damn

  6. which method is best one BRIDGE METHOD or IMPLANTATION …. money is not important for me …. can you friends tell me please …… i lost my front 2 teeth of LOWER JAW….. fallen from stairs and iam 24 years old and iam confused
    i went to dental hospital…..he removed both teeth because they become loose. ….. doctor told stay for 3 months till gum comes

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