For those with missing teeth, a beautiful smile can seem like a thing of the past, but there is some good news, this doesn’t have to be the case. Thanks to modern technology and new dentistry techniques there are now more ways than ever for you to get the smile of your dreams. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the best cosmetic options for replacing missing teeth and help guide you through some of the available options.
Number of missing teeth
One of the biggest factors that will affect the available types of treatment is the number of missing teeth in your mouth and also their location. If you are missing a single tooth at the front of your mouth then this will affect your appearance and self-confidence more than a couple of the back teeth.
There are a number of ways to replace missing teeth and each of these has their own benefits:
Full or partial dentures
For those with a lot of missing teeth then the cheapest option for replacing these will often be with a set of partial or full dentures. These are designed around the unique shape of your mouth and whether you have any existing natural and healthy teeth. Partial dentures are often chosen for smaller gaps or where there are healthy teeth while full dentures are used to replace an entire row of teeth, top or bottom.
Like most things dentistry related the days of uncomfortable dentures are a thing of the past thanks to modern techniques and new materials.
If you are just missing a couple of teeth and otherwise have a healthy mouth then dental bridges may be the best option. Unlike dentures a bridge is a permanent solution with a crown bonded to teeth either side of a missing tooth and a false tooth in the middle. A standard dental bridge is a good option where the teeth either side have had large fillings or other restorative work such as a dental crown. Where the teeth either side of the missing tooth are in good condition a “Maryland bridge” might be used as this uses wings to attach to the adjacent teeth which does not rely on grinding down the adjacent teeth.
There are many different types of dental implants now available for customers including new additions including mini and midi implants. A dental implant is one of the best ways to completely replace a missing tooth, or teeth and provides a long-lasting solution and the perfect choice for replacing missing or severely damaged front teeth.
There are a few main types of dental implants and these are:
Standard dental implants
A standard dental implant is a complete substitute for a natural root tooth and uses a titanium or titanium alloy metal rod that is placed in your jawbone to act as an anchor point for individual teeth as well as dentures or bridges. Dental implants provide a complete solution for missing teeth and there are different types of dental implants to choose from.
Mini and Midi implants
Mini and midi implants are a relatively new procedure and offer a lot of the same benefits of a standard dental implant with the advantage of being less invasive with no surgery of the gum or drilling of the jawbone necessary. For those with a lack of bone then a mini implant may be a good solution.
Mini and midi implants are most effective at securing bridges, partial dentures and stabilisation of a lower denture.
Whatever your dental problems at Smile Pad our cosmetic dentistry services can help you rejuvenate your smile and enjoy more confidence. Get in touch with our team today for more information on replacing missing teeth.