Partial dentures are one of the more popular ways to deal with gaps in a person's smile. These devices are also one of the most affordable ways to deal with missing teeth. Other alternatives like bridges and implants tend to be more expensive, but they do have some advantages over dentures.
It often comes down to what the patient's budget allows for and how serious they are about their long-term oral health.
Devices commonly used to fill gaps between teeth
1. Partial dentures
As mentioned earlier, one of the reasons these devices are so popular is the low price tag that comes with them. That is also why these prosthetics are often used as transitional devices for people who would rather have more expensive options like implants but cannot afford them yet.
Partial dentures consist of two parts: a base that is often made from metals or acrylic and a set of artificial teeth. Partial dentures normally come with clamps that are used to connect them to the patient's real teeth.
- Non-invasive procedure
- Often the most affordable option
- Looks like real teeth
- Allows patient to regain function of the tooth
- Prone to small movements when eating and speaking
- Comes with a tiring cleaning routine
- Not a permanent solution
Implants are the best way to replace missing teeth and fill up gaps in a person's smile. However, they come with high price tags. The cost of a single implant is often more than the price of getting a full set of dentures. Implants do have many benefits that partial dentures do not offer.
During the procedure, the dentist will insert a metal screw or rod directly into the patient's jawbone. The implant then takes up to seven months to properly fuse with the bone tissue holding it in place. A crown is placed on the external-facing end of the implant once osseointegration is complete.
- Prevent bone tissue loss
- Can last an entire lifetime with good oral hygiene
- Low risk of failure
- Look and function just like real teeth
- Expensive option
- Require surgery
- Process can take up to seven months from start to finish
Here is another effective way to close up a gap in a patient's smile. The device is attached to crowns that are placed on the two teeth closest to the gap on both sides. These are known as abutments, while the artificial teeth that bridge the gap are called pontics.
Some types of bridges are removable but most people prefer the fixed option.
- Moderately priced
- Look like natural teeth
- Do not require surgery
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting in an attempt to fill up the gap
- Allow the wearer to regain function of missing teeth
- Do not address bone tissue loss
- Can be difficult to floss around
- Do not last as long as implants do
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