Why should you replace missing teeth: Some people feel that the mouth is fine with a lost tooth!
It’s ok they say!
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean more strain is put on the teeth on either side.
A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and change the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes tooth and gum decay and loosening of the teeth!
How are missing teeth replaced?
This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in your mouth. The condition of the teeth you still have also affected the decision.
There are three main ways to replace missing teeth.
The first is with a removable false tooth (or teeth) – using bridges and implanting teeth.. like an RPD Removable Partial Denture
The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used when there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
The third way is by the use of dental ‘implants’. This is where an artificial root is placed into the bone of the jaw and a crown or bridge is placed on top of this.
Today we speak of removable partial dentures! RPD
Why should you replace missing teeth?
What is an RPD?
This is a plate with one or more false teeth on it. It may be all plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. Both types may have clips (clasps) to help keep the denture in place in your mouth.
Depending on where they are, some of these clips may show when you smile or open your mouth.
What is the difference between a plastic partial denture and one that contains metal?
Plastic removable partial dentures or RPDs are less expensive to make. But unless they are designed very carefully they can damage the teeth they fit against.
- Metal partial dentures are usually made from an alloy of cobalt and chromium, and they are much stronger.
- They are lighter to wear and can be supported by the remaining teeth.
- Although the base is metal, they have gum-colored plastic and natural-looking teeth fixed to them.
- They are more expensive than plastic ones.
- But they last longer and have higher patient satisfaction as per a dental survey in 2018 by IDA! So remember tooth loss needs to be filled and how to fill it is your choice – with decay or another strong tooth!