At our practice, we actively involve you in the decision regarding your upcoming treatment. After all, it is your oral health we are looking after, so you should be 100% informed about and comfortable with the final decision.
Bridges are used when there are gaps between natural teeth, where a tooth either failed to develop, was lost due to injury or extracted. Bridges require natural or artificial teeth surrounding the gap to hold the bridge in place. If multiple teeth are missing, dental implants or dentures may be a more suitable option.
Dental implants are used to create a synthetic root in the tooth based in the jawbone, which can either stand alone as a replacement or support a bridge, crown, or dentures.
Modern dentures are realistic tooth replacements that also cover the gums and are a suitable option for patients with larger gaps between their teeth. Dentures can replace a full arch of missing teeth, or a removable partial denture can replace a single tooth or a few missing teeth.
The most obvious criteria regarding the proper treatment for missing teeth is exactly how many teeth are missing.
However, there are secondary criteria, such as the strength and density of your bone, which could potentially affect your tooth replacement. So, consulting a dentist is necessary to determine which option is right for you.