How Do You Replace a Lost Tooth?
An implant, a bridge, or dentures? There are several options if you want to have a lost tooth replaced. It may be a difficult decision to pick the right solution, and we will always do our best to guide you and help you find the right solution for you. At Curaeos, we have a lot of experience with replacing lost teeth and we can advise you on your options.
What Is an Implant?
An implant is a small metal screw inserted into the jawbone to replace a missing root of a tooth and function as a foundation for a new crown. Thus, the implant functions as an artificial root screwed into the jawbone and it isn’t visible in the mouth since the actual implant is situated beneath the gums.
An implant is made from titanium which is a metal that is fairly bio-compatible with the human body. This means that the body won’t reject it but will, instead, integrate it into the jawbone.
An implant consists of three parts. The implant itself may be compared with a rawlplug and is attached to the jawbone. The second part is the abutment connecting the implant with the crown. The third part is the crown which is attached to the foundation.
Implants can also be used to attach removable dentures with a locking system.
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What Is a Bridge?
A bridge is used as a replacement of one or more teeth. A bridge with, for example, three parts consists of three connected crowns of which the outer two are cemented onto the neighbouring teeth on either side of the lost tooth, functioning as bridge piers. In the middle, the new floating tooth is placed, replacing the lost tooth.
The bridge is made to look like your natural teeth, and as it is attached to your natural teeth, you will get used to it quickly.
A bridge will typically be made from pure metal, pure ceramics, or a combination of the two.
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What Are Dentures?
There are different kinds of dentures but the most common are complete dentures which consist of acrylic with prosthetic teeth made from acrylic or porcelain.
If you need partial dentures, the dentures are attached with braces on the neighbouring teeth. If you need complete dentures, the dentures are secured through low pressure. The dentures are shaped to fit your gums which means they will stay put in your mouth due to pressure. In some cases, we may recommend implant-supported complete dentures to ensure that the dentures are secure. With the implants, the dentures are fastened with a locking function and will therefore be more securely fixed. This is also called snap-in dentures.
Whether you need partial or complete dentures, the dentures will be made specifically for your mouth. It’s important that the dentures are a perfect fit to make sure they function optimally and aren’t uncomfortable. And whether you need partial or complete dentures, your new dentures will look natural and just like your natural gums and natural teeth.
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