There are three common ways to fill the space of a missing tooth.
- A removable appliance or partial denture can be a cost-effective way to replace multiple missing teeth in a single upper or lower arch.
- A fixed bridge is an age-old solution to a single tooth or multiple missing teeth bordered by other existing teeth. A bridge requires teeth on either side of the space which function as the ‘abutments’ or pillars of the bridge. The ‘pontic’ or porcelain tooth replacing the missing tooth or teeth is fused to the two abutment teeth on either side of the space making a single bridge. A bridge always involves the teeth on either side of the space. Even if they are perfectly healthy, the abutment teeth will be crowned.
- A dental implant can replace a single missing tooth, or multiple implants can be used to replace multiple missing teeth. The key advantage of a dental implant when compared to a fixed bridge is that healthy neighboring teeth do not have to be prepared for crowns, thus avoiding unnecessary additional dentistry.
We always take care to create individualized treatment plans for each patient and are happy to offer our best advice based on your specific needs.