are many options available in order to replace a tooth, all of which carry
their own advantages and disadvantages. After a consultation with your dentist,
the main thing to remember is that your dentist will ensure that you are
receiving the treatment best suited for you. As there are many options, and
many different sets of teeth, each treatment can have a particular benefit.
What are crowns?
Crowns are essentially porcelain
caps that fit over the tooth. This will create a new tooth entirely, and one
that you can use with confidence. Crowns are used when the tooth has been
almost destroyed or decayed and will protect the tooth from any further damage.
Crowns are also made from porcelain or resin, so they will also provide a
finish to your tooth that will look as natural as ever.
What are bridges?
are like crowns, but work as a set rather than a single tooth. A bridge is
often used to replace several teeth that have been lost as opposed to just one
tooth and provide a natural looking finish. Bridges are often anchored in place
by either crowns or dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are an extremely
efficient way of replacing lost teeth and providing the foundation to other
dental work such as bridges. Dental implants work by drilling into the jawbone
and inserting in a titanium screw. After a few months, depending on the state
of the bone growth, the implant will then be ready for use, and a crown can be
attached to the implant. Implants can also be useful for attaching dentures,
and with as little as two implants, dentures can be attached to the jaw.
dentures can often slip, and over time cause wear to the jawbone, dental
implants can provide an excellentsolution to these problems. Dentists will be able to fit your
existing dentures on too, so you won’t need to change dentures if you are
comfortable with your current set. In some cases, dental implants can also be fitted with
a detachable component, which means you should be able to attach, and remove your
dentures freely, in order to clean them and maintain proper dental hygiene.
Veneers and cosmetic bonding
some cases, the tooth itself may not need to be replaced if it is a healthy
tooth. If you are not happy with the appearance of the tooth, then this can be
a solution that cosmetic dentistry can solve. Veneers provide a fantastic
solution to unsightly teeth that may also need protection. Veneers work by
drilling away a small part of the enamel, to provide a rougher surface for the
adhesive to bond the porcelain and tooth together. Porcelain, while an
extremely durable material, is also aesthetically pleasing, and will greatly
enhance the appearance of your smile. Cosmetic bonding works by using a
tooth-coloured resin to fill in the gaps of unsightly parts of your teeth, and
much like veneers, provide a smooth finish.
surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should
seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.