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Gap Replacement – What are the Options?

Gap Replacement – What are the Options?

Restorative Dentistry

, Gap Replacement – What are the Options?

Teeth can be lost for various reasons. It could be due to an injury or accident or through gum disease or tooth decay. If you have lost teeth, you are certainly not alone. According to health magazine WebMD, millions of us suffer from tooth loss. It doesn’t matter how the tooth or teeth have been lost, here at Broadway Dental Boutique, we can help restore the gap and get you smiling again.

Using the latest dental technology and cutting-edge dental techniques, our dentist in Crawley can restore missing teeth using various dental treatments. What treatment is best for you will depend on what you want to achieve, your budget, and whether you want a long-lasting restoration. We can provide you with a FREE CONSULTATION, so you have the chance to chat through the dental treatments on offer and find the best solution for you to get the smile you deserve.

Single Tooth Replacement

, Gap Replacement – What are the Options?

We can recreate your smile using restorative dentistry. If it is just one tooth that needs replacing, we can use a dental implant in place of the missing tooth. The dental implant is a small titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone. This acts as a replacement tooth root. Once the implant is healed and fused with the bone (a process called osseointegration), the implant can support a crown. This crown acts as the missing tooth would.

We use 3D scans to recreate the perfect crown that will act precisely like a natural tooth. It will also blend in beautifully with the rest of your teeth and we can colour match it for a more natural effect.

Dental Bridges

, Gap Replacement – What are the Options?

Dental bridges are also an effective solution to replace one or more teeth. They comprise a false tooth positioned between two crowns, which slot over the teeth on either side of the gap (known as abutment teeth). They are often made of porcelain and fused to a metal or ceramic foundation. This offers a great combination of being strong yet aesthetically pleasing.

If you need a bridge, the abutment teeth are prepped by removing a thin layer of enamel, which makes room for the crowns. The bridge will be tailor-made to fit and whilst the bridge is being made, a temporary crown can be fitted to protect the exposed teeth. Once the bridge is ready to fit, it will be fixed with strong dental cement. This gives a strong foundation for eating and chewing the foods you like to eat with confidence.

Alongside traditional bridges, with crowns and false teeth, there are cantilever bridges for cases with teeth only on one side of the gap, and Maryland bonded bridges, which can be attached to the teeth using metal or ceramic wings.

Multiple Teeth Replacement

Dentures

, Gap Replacement – What are the Options?

If you have more than one tooth that needs replacing, we can help. Dental implants can support a dental bridge and partial dentures can also be used to replace several missing teeth.

Partial dentures make use of the remaining teeth to support the prosthesis. The denture is usually made of acrylic and metal. A denture is a removable device and is also known as ‘false teeth’. A partial denture usually replaces a few missing teeth, whereas a full set of dentures can replace your natural teeth entirely. A well-fitted set of dentures can help you speak and eat with confidence and can also improve your appearance.

You will need to have impressions taken of your teeth and your bite will be recorded. Once the dentures are made, you can try them in and get a dental fitting. Dentures do tend to feel a bit strange at first, and it may take some time to get used to them. Patient feedback tends to focus on affected speech, increased saliva, adapting to eating, and potential sore spots. These areas can be alleviated by practicing reading aloud to get used to speaking; swallowing more often; cutting food into smaller pieces to start with and visiting your dentist for adjustments.

You should get used to wearing your new dentures within a few weeks. Patients confirm they are preferable to having multiple gaps in their smile and can increase personal confidence greatly, sometimes even becoming life changing.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great long-lasting solution to missing teeth or poorly fitting dentures. Often cited as the next best thing to natural teeth, dental implants can improve your speech, help you eat your favourite foods, and improve your self-esteem. For many patients, dental implants offer a safe, strong, durable, and natural-looking replacement, which feel as secure as their existing teeth.

Benefits of dental implants

, Gap Replacement – What are the Options?
  • Permanent solution to tooth loss
  • Support the adjacent teeth
  • Stop food from getting stuck in gaps which can cause gum disease
  • No slippage, which can occur with ill-fitting dentures
  • Helps restore natural speech
  • Can alleviate problems with eating and chewing hard foods
  • Can prevent sagging in the jaw and face shape
  • Easy to care for
  • Can be colour matched to natural teeth
  • Strong and durable
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Well established and safe method
  • Can improve your self-confidence

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants replace your tooth root. A small titanium post is inserted into your jawbone. Titanium is used as it is a material that is well-tolerated by the body. Once implanted the bone grows over the surfaces of the implant and fuses it with the surrounding bone. This creates an extremely solid foundation for the crown or dentures to be fitted.

To be considered for dental implants, you will need to be in good general health. People with diabetes or heavy smokers may have a greater risk of getting gum disease or infections after dental implants. If your gums and jawbone are relatively healthy then dental implants will be suitable. For those who have low bone density, there is an option of having bone grafting or a sinus lift.

Over 95% of dental implants are successful and if you maintain good oral hygiene habits, dental implants can last well over 15 years and even a lifetime.

If you are interested in replacing gaps in your smile with any of the methods mentioned above, please call us on 01293 428342. You can also email info@thecrawleydentist.co.uk We can offer you a free consultation to discuss the best option for your needs.

We look forward to helping you take that first step in your dental journey and achieving your best smile…

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