How to Replace Missing Teeth – Different Treatment Options

Good oral health is a sign of a healthy life. Taking care of your teeth is extremely important, or it can lead to teeth loss due to tooth decay, gum diseases, injury or a genetic condition. However, the good news is that missing teeth can be replaced through different tooth replacement options. These permanent/temporary tooth replacement options can change the whole look of your mouth and boost your confidence, helping you create a lasting impression in your professional and personal life.

But, there are pros and cons to every available treatment for teeth replacement. Thus, to find out the best way of replacing missing teeth, continue reading below.

A] What Causes Missing Teeth?

Like mentioned above, there are various reasons possible for missing teeth, including tooth decay, accidental injuries and gum diseases. Multiple missing teeth can be usually caused by inherited or systematic conditions. Ectodermal dysplasia is one of the most common genetic defects that affect teeth which can be identified early in life. Prosthodontists have the special training needed for patients with the said condition and can recommend a comprehensive treatment for missing teeth.

Many individuals are born with a condition called congenitally missing teeth that causes the affected individual to be born without certain teeth. It is a genetic condition that can be seen in many generations of a family. The upper lateral incisors, secondary premolars/bicuspids and wisdom teeth are the most common teeth missing from people affected with congenitally missing teeth.

B] Different Treatment Options to Replace Missing Teeth

There are many treatments available for missing teeth. These treatments help you find your confidence and give you the perfect set of teeth. All treatments have their pros and cons, and your Sunshine Coast dentist will recommend the most accurate form of treatment depending on your condition. Some of these tooth replacement options include:

1. Dental Implants

Dental implants have been designed to artificially replace a natural tooth root. They are inserted into the jawbone to support a restorative or replacement crown, bridge or denture. They can be the best solution for people missing one or more teeth due to injury, periodontal disease or other oral problem. They are the most ideal solution for people with single tooth denture or multiple tooth denture. They are also the most commonly used treatment that can last for a long time.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • There is a 95% success rate with this treatment.
  • One of the facts about dental implants is that they are permanent and durable.
  • They provide the best aesthetics along with comfort and natural feel.
  • Only the affected tooth requires medical treatment, the adjacent teeth do not need to be modified.
  • They have a long lifespan which proves to be more cost-effective in the longer run.
  • They require minimal maintenance, and with good oral hygiene, cleanings and regular dental visit, they are efficient.

 Disadvantages of Dental Implants

  • The implant requires surgical procedure making the treatment more invasive.
  • You need a greater number of dentist visits as compared to other options as the treatment is long.
  • It can be an expensive solution to fix dental issues.

2. Dental Bridges

Dental bridges create a bridge that helps to cover the gap created by one or more missing teeth. In this treatment, there is a bridge created by two or more crowns for the teeth on both sides of the gap. The crowns are known as an abutment and are the anchoring teeth between the gap. Made from gold, alloy and porcelain or even a combination of the three metals, these false teeth (pontics) are supported by implants or natural teeth. There are many different types of bridges available, some of them are:

  • ImplantSupported Fixed Bridge: This treatment has several stages and can take six to nine months. Implants are placed in the jaw area beneath the tooth loss area and take several months to heal after surgery. The implant is placed in the last part of the surgery with the use of a special dental compound that bonds the dental bridge and secures it to help it become a natural part of a smile.
  • Resin-Bonded Bridge: The bridge is bonded to the teeth that are already attached and made of metal or porcelain.
  • Tooth Supported Fixed Bridges: Also known as cantilever bridges, this treatment is used to build bridges with the help of the adjacent teeth from one side of the missing tooth or teeth.

*Not recommended for the areas at the back of your mouth as the pressure can become too much and cause damage to the teeth and gums.

Advantages of Dental Bridges

  • It helps you restore the smile.
  • Abilities like speech and chewing can be restored.
  • Helps in maintaining the shape of your face.
  • The replacement of the missing teeth can distribute the force for biting and chewing.
  • It prevents the teeth from moving out of proportion.

Disadvantages of Dental Bridges

  • If not fitted properly, the dental bridge can cause decay in the teeth from the area under the crown.
  • The structure of the natural teeth can be reduced to accommodate the new bridge.
  • The treatment might not work if the supporting teeth are not strong enough, and the restoration of the teeth can collapse any time soon.
  • It is an expensive treatment and needs to be replaced in the long run.

3. Dentures

A prosthetic device constructed specifically to replace missing teeth, supported by the hard and soft tissues surrounding the oral cavity is known as dentures. They are also called fake teeth. The designs for dentures often rely on the bonding and the clasp onto the teeth or dental implants (the fixed prosthetics). Partial removable and complete removable dentures are more conventional than all-on-four implant-supported dentures.

  • Removable partial denture: Usually removable partial dentures consist of the replacement of the teeth attached to gum-coloured or pink plastic bases. With metal framework and clasps that help the dentures connect to your teeth, making them more natural- Consult a dentist to know which type suits you the best.
  • Removable complete dentures: This is the best option for individuals who require replacement in the upper and lower jaw/arch of the mouth. The replacement of the missing teeth provides improved aesthetics and help in the overall improvement of mouth function, eating and speech.
  • All-on-four Implantsupported Dentures: To support the full arch of the jaw with just four implants is possible for the lower denture, whereas the upper jaw requires six implants for support. This treatment has implants in positions previously occupied by front teeth, and the implants are inserted in the front of the arch.

 Advantages of Dentures

  • Dentures are a great replacement for missing teeth.
  • They help in improving the chewing ability.
  • Gives a natural look and smile.
  • Helps in improving self-esteem.
  • Dentures help in improving speech and pronunciation.

Disadvantages of Dentures

  • They can cause sore spots in your mouth and compress the soft tissues. These problems can be taken care of with a few adjustments.
  • It causes a gagging problem.
  • They tend to get less and less stable in the lower jaw after a while.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use Veneers to replace missing teeth?

 Dental veneers cannot be used to replace missing teeth. The treatment includes a thin porcelain veneer to be bonded to the front of the teeth and is used in cases of stains, chips or cracks. It is also used to cover up any discolouration in the teeth which cannot be covered with the use of teeth whitening.

  • For Children with missing teeth, what is the best treatment?

The best treatment for small children with missing teeth is the replacement of the tooth. Other options for small children include preserving their baby tooth, which can be attached as the replacement tooth and give a much natural feel. You can also get the space to be closed up orthodontically. Consult your dentist for the best treatment for children.

  • Can a missing tooth regrow?

Dental researchers have discovered the ability to be able to regrow a whole missing tooth. This experiment, however, has been conducted on mice. To use the same scientific method on humans raises concerns in the legal and ethical standpoint.

  • For tooth replacement, is there any temporary options?

Temporary options for missing teeth are available through flipper tooth. Flipper’s tooth is a form of partial temporary denture that can be used to restore one or more missing teeth. The use of this treatment is to prevent the individual from feeling self-conscious by filling the small and unsightly gaps in your teeth until the person opts for a more permanent solution.

  • Is there a cheapest way to replace missing teeth?

 Dentures are the most affordable form of treatment available for missing teeth. This treatment doesn’t require any dental crowns or surgery. They also take the least amount of time to be formed and are a durable option.

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Minyama QLD 4575, Australia

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Adarsh (Principal Dentist)

Adarsh

Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)

Prachi

Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)

Davina

Davina is the latest addition to the Oris dental family. After completing her bachelor’s degree form the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year. Davina is very highly recommended by her previous employers. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. We are happy to have Davina as a part of our practice and hope her friendly personality will shine through to all our patients.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!

Debra (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Debra is the pleasant voice that greets you when you phone the practice. Debra has over 30 years of experience in the dental field and it wont take you long to realize that she absolutely enjoys what she does. Debra is primarily involved in reception duties but is also a certified dental assistant and can seamlessly switch roles when needed. Debra ensures that the workflow of the practice is maintained and ensure that high practice standards our maintained. Debra is playing an active role in us achieving practice accreditation.

Tayla (Dental Assistant)

tayla (Dental Assistant)

Tayla is the latest addition to our practice but comes with a load of experience. Tayla has an endearing personality and absolutely loves talking with patients and meeting new people. Tayla is highly qualified and has a Cert 3 and Cert 4 in Dental assisting in Dental Radiology and is looking forward to welcoming you to our practice.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden is a new addition to the Oris Team. He hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.