What are the different ways to replace your missing teeth?
There are many ways to replace your missing teeth and your dentist will be able to recommend the best option for you, whether it’s a denture, bridge or implant.*
Complete/full or partial dentures
Complete dentures or full dentures are designed to replace a full set of teeth. They can either fit on the upper arch, lower arch or both, and can be easily removed, whether it’s to clean your denture or simply to give your gums a rest. To help support your dentures and gums, you may choose to use a denture fixative such as those offered in the Polident. Denture fixatives can help ensure that your dentures are kept firmly in place, and help block food particles from becoming trapped underneath them.
Your dentist may recommend partial dentures if you only have a few teeth missing. These clip onto any remaining natural teeth and can help you feel more comfortable if you are only missing a small number of teeth.
Fixed replacement teeth
If you would prefer a more fixed replacement solution, your dentist may recommend a fixed prosthetic to replace your missing teeth. There are several options to help you find the one that suits your lifestyle.
Artificial Crowns: Artificial crowns are made up of replacement teeth, which fill the gap left in your mouth. These are held in place by attaching to your natural teeth.
Implants: Acting like a normal tooth, a root implant is surgically placed into the bone. These can be ‘loaded’ with a dental prosthetic such as a crown or a bridge.
Implant-supported fixed dentures: Your new teeth will be built on a metal and acrylic base (a bridge). Screws are then placed into your mouth to help keep the denture fixed in, which in turn secure the teeth into root implants that are surgically inserted into your jaw bone. The bridge is fixed with screws and can be removed if necessary.
Implant-supported removable dentures: This kind of overdenture also works with dental implants and attachments. In this case, the attachments are embedded into the acrylic, which can be fitted on and off the implants. Two or three implants are surgically placed around the curve of your jaw that the overdenture clips on to, for better stability in your mouth.
A dental prosthetic can boost your confidence and your dentist will be able to talk to you about your options for replacing missing teeth.
*Please check with your dentist who could advise the best option as per your need or consult your dentist for management options.
Adapted from https://www.mydenturecare.com/en-gb/expert-advice/getting-dentures/what-are-dentures/ , accessed July 2020