If you have lost a tooth and are looking to permanently fill the gap with an identical clone, dental implants and bridges are two options for you to consider.
Implants and bridges are advanced forms of restorative dentistry that require special material, equipment and clinical expertise. We provide these permanent restorative treatments to repair chips, cracks and deep cavities; correct misaligned and misshapen teeth; or completely replace teeth that cannot be saved. Implants and bridges are recognised for both their beauty as well as functional qualities.
Dental restorations help to fill in the gaps where the natural tooth or teeth used to be. Made from quality materials – such as ceramic, porcelain and metal alloy – and using advanced techniques, our cosmetic dentists apply crowns and bridges to fill out the awkward spaces with seamless perfection, ensuring the strength and beauty of your restorations.
A dental bridge may be suggested as a replacement for one or more missing teeth. They are generally cemented to your natural teeth or held in place by implants as a permanent fixture. Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They literally ‘bridge’ the gap. Crowns are placed on neighbouring teeth and used as an anchor for the false tooth or teeth between them. As they are custom made from sturdy natural-looking materials, they fit in perfectly with your current teeth and can be replaced if required. They do however impact on the abutment teeth, which must be modified to allow for the bridge.
Just like dental crowns, you may choose the type of materials for your dental bridge. Material options vary according to the type of bridge you want, location of the gap/s, aesthetic preference and budget. As in the case of crowns, you can choose to have ceramic or porcelain bridges fabricated to match the shade of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are highly effective. The process involves surgically affixing an artificial tooth root into the jawbone so it can hold a single replacement tooth in place. Dental implants provide a solution that doesn’t interfere with other teeth and blends in extremely well visually.
The placement of dental implants – typically following a tooth extraction – also helps to preserve the strength and health of the bone into which they are inserted. This is because the bone and implants form a strong and long lasting bond through a process known as osseointegration. When the root-like dental implants have fused with the bone, they provide a stable anchor upon which the artificial teeth can be mounted.
Dental implants are therefore the closest teeth replacement you can have to natural teeth. Not only do their prosthetics look and feel like your natural teeth, dental implants provide unprecedented stability to restore the functions for biting and chewing. With dental implants, those with tooth loss conditions can enjoy a lifetime of convenience and practicality.
If you have one or more teeth missing and would like to discuss your treatment options, call our friendly team today to arrange a consultation. While not all patients are suitable candidates for dental implants, we can always help you get a full smile back.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.