What’s the Best Option to Replace My Missing Teeth?
Hi! I’m Dr Rajiv Kumar, been practising in Sydney CBD at Pitt St Dental centre for the last 15 years.
Last Friday morning, we had a new patient, Robert, all the way from Newcastle, who came into the practice to get his teeth checked. He wants to replace his missing teeth and wants to know what options he has.
He has been conscious of his smile for a very long time. As we went through his concerns and evaluated his teeth, he asked, “Hey Andy, What’s the best Option to replace my missing teeth?”
This is a really good question! After all, there are a lot of options to choose from. So I decided to share with you what I shared with Robert in this video.
Tooth replacement solutions are a rather complex topic, with several influencing factors that can help us determine the optimal course of action to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
The age of a person plays a crucial role in this decision. For instance, dental implants aren’t suitable for younger individuals, like children or teenagers. The reason? We need to wait for their growth to complete before considering dental implants. Why, you might ask? The implant, once placed in the jawbone, remains static, while the jawbone, surrounding teeth, and gums continue to grow and move. This dynamic mismatch could lead to aesthetic challenges and future placement difficulties.
Additionally, some individual’s medical history or ongoing medication regimes may also pose a deterrent to dental implants. Specific bone medications or certain health conditions might render implant dentistry either risky or entirely unfeasible. But as the advancements are happening, more and more patients can be well treated.
For those not ideally suited for dental implants, such as a growing teenager, we have other solid options available. A removable appliance or an adhesive bridge, which is securely bonded to the adjacent teeth, can offer an excellent medium-term solution. When properly fitted and maintained, these options can prove both functional and attractive, serving the individual well for a long time.
And for those with a complicated medical history, we may often resort to time-tested solutions such as bridgework or dentures. While these are less invasive, quicker, and easier to manage and repair, they come with their share of limitations, such as dependency on other teeth for support in the case of a bridge, or the need for nightly removal in the case of dentures.
Remember, each option has its own pros and cons. So it’s crucial to consult with your dentist to make an informed decision that best suits your unique circumstances.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of the best options to replace missing teeth.
If you are looking for a dentist to help you upgrade your smile and give you a solution for your missing teeth, we would love to look after you!
Here at Pitt St Dental Centre, we offer flexible payment options, as well as assisting you to gain early release of your super to fund your dental treatment, so you can get the treatment you need faster.
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