Replacing Your Missing Tooth/Teeth

There are four major ways to replace a missing tooth.

  1. Dental Implants.
  2. Crowns and Bridges.
  3. Metal-based Dentures.
  4. Plastic Dentures.

The first two options are fixed, whilst the last two are removable. The fixed options are more costly then the removable options. Dental Implants have recently been promoted as a fix all for most situations where teeth need to be replaced. However like all new procedures when their use is analysed we find that they are not the best option for everybody in every situation.

A number of factors are associated with early implant failure when compared with the other fixed bridge treatment option. These include:

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene;
  2. Smoking;
  3. Periodontal disease;
  4. Poorly designed prosthetic units which make it difficult to clean;
  5. Systemic disease; and
  6. Radiation therapy to the area.

The influence of each of these factors is discussed separately. A complete understanding of these factors and the pros and cons of each of the types of treatment types is essential before you choose an implant over the other options. Along with your dentist we will advise you of the treatment that may be best for you.

Calculate your biological risks of complications and implant failure. This will help you understand the issues.

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