Does your smile have a missing tooth?

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Does your smile have a missing tooth?

Having a tooth gap because of a missing tooth is problematic enough. But if you are missing a tooth at the front of your mouth, it may be quite obvious to others when you smile or talk.

For some, a gap in their smile has character, but for others, it may be an embarrassment to the point where they become self-conscious, and try to suppress their smile and other facial movements. If you are in the latter category, then it may be time to start smiling freely and confidently once again.

Fortunately, our dentists can help you with a range of tooth replacement solutions.

Depending on your suitability for treatment, you can choose from the following dental options:


  • Dental implants* look, feel and function just like a natural tooth. Implants are a fixed, permanent solution for missing teeth. They are comprised of a titanium post which is surgically inserted into your upper or lower jaws where your missing tooth was, and a crown which is attached onto the post. Essentially, getting an implant is the equivalent of getting a brand new tooth.

  • Dental bridges are prosthetic porcelain dental appliances that are reinforced with metal and are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is basically made up of a prosthetic tooth that matches the tooth you have lost. Hollow crowns are attached to each end (or side) of the prosthetic tooth. These crowns actually support the prosthetic tooth in your mouth, and are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth once prepped act as abutments (or anchors) for the bridge appliance.

  • Partial dentures are a removable dental appliance that can replace one or more teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They can be made to fit precisely into the gap or may be attached to surrounding teeth via metal clasps. Partial dentures are usually soaked in a cleaning solution as you sleep at night, and are ready for you to wear when you wake in the morning. They take a little while to get used to, and may need checking and adjusting every six months by your dentist.

To find out more about how we can replace a missing tooth in your smile, call our friendly team on 07 3809 3320.

*AHPRA advises that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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Dental Implants – the permanent solution to missing teeth

If you have one or more missing teeth, there are good reasons why you should correct the problem. You will be able to chew more effectively and avoid possible oral health complications, such as teeth shift and bone loss. And your smile will be noticed – for all the right reasons!

There are a few dental options for correcting missing teeth. They include bridges and dentures, but the best option is a dental implant. Dental implants are the most natural looking and functioning tooth restoration treatment available. What’s more, they are designed to last a lifetime.

What are dental implants?

Unlike bridges and dentures which are dental devices that are attached to surrounding teeth, or worn by the user, dental implants are the equivalent of having a brand new tooth.

Dental implants feel, appear and function just like a normal tooth. They consist of two parts joined by a post (abutment):

  • The top visible part of the dental implant is the crown. Crowns are colour and shape matched with your surrounding teeth so that they blend right in – completing your smile.
  • The bottom part, beneath the gum line, is an implant which effectively replaces the tooth root with an artificial one. These implants are made from titanium – which is a bio-safe material that integrates with your jaw bone naturally and permanently.

In the first phase of treatment, your dentist performs the dental implant procedure by surgically inserting the titanium implant into your jawbone. Then you wait for a few months to allow healing and bone integration. When the implant has bonded firmly to your jaw bone, you are ready for the second phase of your dental implant treatment – the placement of the crown.

The crown is prepared earlier in a dental lab from an intra-oral scan or a dental mould of your teeth. So all your dentist has to do is join the crown to the titanium implant via the connecting post (abutment) in a single treatment session.


How are dental implants better than bridges and dentures?

Dental implants are firmly integrated into the jaw bone, giving them strength and stability. They also keep adjacent teeth in place.

Bridges, on the other hand, can cause damage to supporting teeth that have the potential to shift. If you’re wearing dentures, they may slip or even fall out as you eat or talk. And then there is the nightly routine of removing dentures before bed!

However, dental implants aren’t for everyone. You need a healthy jaw bone to hold the implant/s so a dental consultation is necessary to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implant treatment.

For more information about dental implants, or to book a consultation, call our friendly team here at Choice Dental on 07 3809 3320.

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