When a tooth is missing, it can affect the appearance of your smile, your ability to chew and speak properly, and can cause shifting of the remaining teeth and can lead to more dental problems. There are several options for replacing a missing tooth, including:
A dental implant is a surgical procedure in which a metal post, usually made of titanium, is surgically placed into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth. The implant post serves as a new root for the replacement tooth, and over time the jawbone fuses with the implant.
A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that uses the remaining teeth on either side of the gap as support to hold the replacement tooth in place. A traditional bridge uses a dental crown on the two adjacent teeth to hold the replacement tooth in place.
A removable partial denture is a set of replacement teeth that is held in place by a metal or plastic frame that is anchored to the remaining natural teeth. It can be removed easily for cleaning or when needed.
A full denture is a removable set of replacement teeth that are held in place by suction or a special adhesive. This option is for those who have lost all of their teeth.
A resin-retained bridge is a removable bridge that uses resin-bonded wings to hold the replacement tooth in place. This option is a less expensive alternative to a traditional bridge.
Removable partial denture
A removable partial denture (RPD) is a dental prosthesis that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is typically made of a combination of acrylic and metal and is designed to fit snugly over the existing teeth and gums.
An RPD is typically recommended for individuals who have some remaining natural teeth in the jaw. The RPD will be made to fit your mouth and the dentist will take an impression of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit. The RPD will be anchored in place by clasps that will fit around the remaining natural teeth.
The RPD will restore the function of the missing teeth, making it easier to eat and speak. It will also help to maintain the shape of the jaw, preventing the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
It is important to keep in mind that RPDs may require regular adjustments and repairs, and they should be removed and cleaned daily. Additionally, they may not be as durable as a fixed bridge or implant.
It is always best to consult with a dentist or oral surgeon to determine the best course of treatment for replacing missing teeth. They will be able to recommend the best options for your specific situation.