Replacement of Missing Teeth
You may be missing teeth for a number of reasons and in a number of ways. Depending on your situation defines your solution.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the site of tooth loss. Over a period of months, our dental implants are then left to fuse with the jawbone – creating a solid foundation for your new tooth. Once this is complete, a porcelain crown or bridge is secured to your implant, and with good care should last for many years!
A denture is an artificial set of removable teeth made out of acrylic resin that replace missing teeth and adjacent tissues. Partial dentures can be attached to the natural teeth using clasps or attached using crowns with hidden clasps. Dentures are necessary to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting their position in the jaw, to keep facial muscles and lips from sagging, and to allow the patient to speak and eat normally. There are three types of partial dentures;
Valplast – Nylon resin base and clasps (translucent)
Acrylic – Acrylic resin base with/without metal clasps
Metal base with metal clasps
Fabrication and proper fitting of dentures can take several dental visits. First, your dentist takes an impression of the gums along with a wax bite, in order to determine the vertical dimensions and proper jaw position for the denture. The dentist may make a trial denture or “try-in” to make sure of the shape, colour and proper fit. Follow up visits for minor adjustments may be required to ensure a perfect, comfortable fit.
What is Valplast? It is a nylon thermoplastic material that has several advantages over the other two types of partial dentures. Valplast partial dentures have no metal clasps and are very light weight. The material is translucent, so the patient’s own gums show through, giving a very natural appearance. Valplast partial dentures can be used to replace many or few missing teeth, and can even be modified to replace a missing tooth on only one side of the mouth, greatly enhancing its comfort. Valplast can be used for full dentures on people who have irregularities in their jaw bone that would preclude the use of the standard rigid acrylic material. Valplast is an option for cosmetic improvement of teeth that appear elongated due to the recession of the gums, and for people who are allergic to the acrylic found in other types of partial dentures. Another great advantage of Valplast is its resistance to breakage, as it is surprisingly strong relative its size and weight.
Partial dentures are an excellent option for the replacement of missing teeth. The cost of treatment is usually much less than either a permanent bridge or dental implants and can be completed in just two or three short visits.
They are not for people who smoke, smoking will stain them. They are hard to repair if anything goes wrong or you need to add a tooth. However many people love the feel of them.
A dental bridge is a dental fixture that contains a false tooth known as a “pontic”. It is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The pontic is centred between two attached porcelain crowns, to create a fixed bridge. The fixed bridge is permanently cemented to the two teeth on either side of the tooth gap.
There are three different types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridge – a false tooth (“pontic”) centred between two attached porcelain crowns
Cantilever – a bridge that attaches to only one tooth on either side of a tooth gap.
Resin bonded (“Maryland” bridge) – false teeth are fused together to metal bands and bonded to the back of teeth on either side of the gap. This type of bridge is ideal for missing teeth in the front of the mouth.
Blue Tooth Dental provides expert missing tooth dental care at affordable prices in areas of the Inner West – Newtown, Enmore and Marrickville – For more information or to book an appointment, call one of our friendly team now on 02 9519 2691. We look forward to hearing from you.