Hi, I’m Dr Judith, and I’m one of the principal dentists here at Elevate Dental. Yesterday, I was speaking with one of my patients, Teresa from Malvern, who had lost several of her teeth in the past few years. She was actually having some trouble chewing food, and so she was interested in knowing what her options were to replace her missing teeth. Now, with the advancement of dentistry, there are actually quite a number of ways to replace your teeth, and it really comes down to how many teeth you’re looking to replace, whether the teeth you have right now are healthy and also whether you have a budget.
So typically, one option is to have dentures. These are false teeth that you put in and take out. Do you ever remember ads and movies where people remove their teeth and put them in a glass of water before sleeping? That’s what dentures are.
With dentures, you can replace anything between one tooth to several teeth, and they’re usually the most cost-effective way to replace a tooth, provided you’re happy to have something that you’ll have to take out and put in.
Now, if you’re like, “Oh, I don’t really like the idea of having to remove something from my mouth, I just want something that’s fixed,” then there are also a few options that are available to you.
One of them, if you’re looking at replacing not too many teeth, would be to have a dental bridge. So what a bridge is, it usually consists of a couple of dental crowns or tooth caps on both neighbouring teeth. You then have the prosthetic dental crown actually linking the two dental caps, which creates the bridge. Now, something like this typically lasts a fair amount of time, usually about 10 to 15 years, and sometimes longer, depending on how well you look after them. And they’re a great option if you’re replacing not too many teeth.
In the past 10 to 20 years, something that has gained a lot of popularity are dental implants. Implants are titanium-based screws that are screwed into the bone. Once the implant is placed, it will actually look and feel exactly like your natural teeth, and a huge benefit here is that they don’t ever decay, and you won’t ever have a hole in an implant because it’s made of porcelain and titanium.
Now, with implants, you can replace a single tooth, or several teeth, or all your teeth. And it really comes down to what your needs are. As you can see, there are lots of different options and each option has its pros and cons. Usually, the best way to really find out exactly what option suits you best is to chat with an experienced dentist.
So if that’s something that you’re looking for, feel free to give us a call. We’d be more than happy to talk through your options and have a look and nut out the pros and cons to help you make the best decision for your teeth. We are conveniently located at both Hawthorn and Richmond with onsite parking. Simply call us on 1300 2 SMILE, complete the form on our website, or direct message us on social media, and we will be in touch to help you organise your consultation. See you in the next video!
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