Do you have missing tooth/teeth? Do you want to improve your smile by
replacing the missing ones? Or do you have reduced chewing ability thus
cannot enjoy your favourite meal?
Denture are often either made of full acrylic or metal frame (Cobalt
chrome base). This is usually the fastest and most economical way of
replacing your missing teeth. However, denture teeth are less aesthetic
and feels bulky in your mouth at first. It also requires more
maintenance as they have to be removed nightly to brush and soak in
cleaning solutions. If you don’t mind the hassle, then you may consider
this option! Otherwise, you may also choose to do a bridge or an implant
to replace your teeth.
Bridge are done by trimming the natural supporting teeth on both sides
of the gap. A whole section of crowns are then fixed over your tooth to
support the bridge. No surgery is needed. However, your own natural
teeth needs to be trimmed smaller, thus can be wasteful.
In recent years, implants are a popular choice in replacing missing
teeth. This is because it does not require the trimming of any of your
natural teeth. The implant is independent and functions just like your
own teeth. As it is fixed in your jawbone, maintenance is easy with
flossing and brushing. Of course, regularly dental check up is also
important to keep your implant and surrounding gums clean and healthy.
However, implant requires a small surgery to fix the implant in. Also, a
waiting time of typically 3-6 months is required for the bone to heal
around the implant (known as osseointegration). Once the implant if
fully osseointegrated, the dentist can then make a mould to fix your
custom-made crown in. As the saying goes, good things come to those who
wait! In our clinic, we are equipped with a 3D X-ray scanner that can
make better implant planning for better long-term success. Consult with
our dentists today on our affordable pricing!
Disclaimer: These are general information provided in layman terms for easy understanding of various common scenarios. It is not meant to be an online consultation. Your problem and situation may be different from what was described above. Thus, your dentist will need to advise you accordingly. A dentist consultation is essential before any treatment can be done. Please book an appointment for your consultation today!