There are a number of options that we can provide to replace any gaps or missing teeth that you may have. In order to help you make a choice that you will be happy with, your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums before discussing the suitability of each alternative.
These options include:
In cases where we plan to remove a tooth or teeth, there are also options to replace these teeth at the same appointment. If you have any questions regarding the options to replace missing teeth, feel free to give our clinic a call on (03) 9509 1439 – based in Malvern, we are ideal for residents of Toorak, Hawthorn, Armadale and Caulfield.
Dentures are removable appliances that are used to replace missing teeth. Carefully created to fit the shape of your gums, they are an excellent option when a number of teeth are missing.
They are made up of pink plastic, used to simulate the appearance of the gums, and white plastic teeth that have been matched to your natural teeth in terms of shape and colour.
They can be used if all the teeth are missing from one or both jaws (full dentures), as well as if only one or a few teeth are missing (partial dentures). There are then two different types of partial dentures - plastic acrylic or metal chrome - depending on the material used to create the supporting framework.
These various choices make dentures a very versatile option when replacing missing teeth.
A bridge is method of replacing one or more missing teeth using a porcelain tooth or teeth attached to the two natural teeth on either side of the gap. There are many ways for the fake tooth to attach to the teeth on either side, but the most common method is to place crowns on each tooth to ensure it does not dislodge. However, in certain situations we can bond or glue the fake tooth to one tooth next door - known as a Resin Bonded Bridge. Your dentist will discuss which bridge design is most suitable, but in either case the missing tooth is replaced to restore both the function and appearance your smile.
With new advancements in technologies, bridges can be tailored to precisely match your existing teeth. They may be made of porcelain, or a combination of porcelain and metal. However, both options result in a life-like appearance.
Once we have prepared the teeth for the bridge, detailed moulds of your teeth will be taken and sent to our lab to fabricate the prosthesis. While we wait for it to return, we will make you a temporary bridge to ensure that those teeth have some protection and those gaps are filled straight away.
Implants are artificial teeth that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing natural teeth. They closely mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, making them an attractive alternative to conventional dentures.
Depending on the number of teeth to be replaced, one or more implants may need to be placed, and this will be discussed during your consultation. They can even be used to hold in full dentures to improve stability and patient comfort.
Implant placement will normally comprise of 3 appointments, where the artificial root will be inserted into the jaw bone and the porcelain or acrylic prosthesis then attached. After the process is complete, patients will leave with a tooth, or teeth, that look and feel real.
Operating in Malvern, our dental clinic is perfect for residents of all surrounding suburbs, including Armadale, Hawthorn, Caulfield and Toorak. If you would like to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact our reception today.