How are missing teeth replaced?
This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in the mouth. The condition of the other teeth also affects the decision. There are three main ways to replace the missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth - a denture. The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. And thirdly Dental Implants.
Why should I replace missing teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your "bite" is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
Missing teeth can also be replaced by the use of dental bridges and dental implants.
Dentures can make you feel more comfortable about your smile and make eating and speaking easier. They are removable substitutes for missing teeth, and can be made as partial dentures, replacing a few missing teeth, or full or complete dentures, replacing a whole set of teeth.
Dentures are usually made from an acrylic base - a type of plastic, which is fitted with artificial teeth, and will be made to look as natural as possible. Chrome (metal) can also be used to strengthen the denture and make it less bulky.