A missing tooth or teeth due to decay, or because of an injury sustained can be both unsightly and uncomfortable. Missing teeth can drastically change your facial appearance and long term have a negative impact on the health of remaining teeth. A bridge of denture may be the solution.
When there are only a few teeth to replace, or when the teeth are only on one side of the mouth, a fixed bridge is a more cost-effective solution than dental implants. They are permanently installed and are best suited where the remaining teeth are strong enough, offering good bone support.
Bridges are usually made from a precious metal base with a porcelain tooth, which is bonded to the base. They can be matched to your existing tooth colour to form an almost invisible remedy.
A denture is the easiest and most cost-effective way to replace missing teeth, but some people find them uncomfortable and those opting for a partial denture often prefer to change to a bridge.
Dentures consist of a metal or acrylic base with gum coloured plastic overlaid with a false tooth fixed onto it. They can be held in place by metal or cosmetic clasps, which may be visible when the mouth is open.