Gaps between teeth resulting from extractions can be filled by prosthetic replacement, in the form of dentures, bridgework, or implants. A denture is a plate with a number of false teeth on it. It may be all plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. A bridge, as the term suggests is a way of closing the gap by anchoring crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gaps. False teeth are attached to the crowns, which rest on the gum-line, forming a fixture over the gap.
Benefits of Tooth Replacement
Dental prosthetics are a substitute for your natural teeth and the tissues that surrounds them. Whether you are having dentures, a bridge or a single implant fitted, the process is generally known as tooth replacement. Ranging from a complete set that replaces all of your teeth, to partial dentures designed to replace only a few missing teeth.
Each tooth replacement case is treated on its own merit by Garden Square Dental and so it is very difficult to recommend any one particular treatment. The patients requirements are discussed with their dentist before any treatment is scheduled.
If missing teeth or decayed teeth are not replaced it can cause further dental problems with the spread of gum disease (periodontitis) and premature ageing as the face muscles can begin to sag where there is no longer tooth and bone structure to support them.
Dentures can also help people regain their self confidence after tooth loss, and a normal healthy looking smile is attainable even by those with few or no teeth.
Dentures are easy to care for and require little maintenance to keep them in excellent condition, even over the long term.
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