Replacing a missing tooth
Most of your teeth have a biting function, some more important than others. You can perfectly live with one or more teeth missing, though. However, to keep the well-functioning of your teeth, as well as for aesthetic reasons, you’ll want to have missing elements replaced by your dentist.
To make a replacing element, at the dental clinic, a digital or analog impression will be made by one of the team, after which the prosthetic part is mostly manufactured at a dental lab.
There are three major groups of solutions to replace a missing tooth. The greatest difference between these groups is explained by the nature of how the replacing element is secured in mouth.
To start there are removable prostheses, known as dentures. While there is a bad connotation to removable teeth, they have come a long way, being very discrete and firmly secured into your mouth.
Secondly, there are permanent prosthesis that are fit onto your natural tooth structure, bridging the missing element(s).
At last, there is a group of tooth restorations that are fit on implants. Implants are metal bases that are surgically placed into your bone. Implants are discussed as a separate category of treatments. Please note that a dental crown, or a dental bridge can either be placed on a natural tooth, or on an implant.
While there is a price difference between the various options, also within the same solution group, prices may have a wide range. This is mostly explained by the material used for the prosthetic part, the part that actually replaces the white natural tooth structure.
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