There are three ways to replace missing teeth, depending on the number of teeth missing and what condition the other teeth are in.Options:
- Removable false teeth: This is known as partial denture.
- Fixed bridge: A bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace ,or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
- Implants: Where a titanium rod replaces the root of your tooth.
This is a plate with a number of false teeth on it. It may be only acrylic (plastic) or a mixture of metal and acrylic. Both types may have clips, to help keep the denture in place. Metal partial dentures are stronger, lighter to wear and can be supported by the remaining teeth.
Although the base is metal, they have natural looking teeth fixed to them.
The main alternative is a fixed bridge. This is made by putting crowns on the teeth at either side of the space, and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth in the space.
This is all made in the laboratory and then cemented into place with special adhesives. The bridge cannot be removed for cleaning. Another option is an adhesive or 'Maryland' bridge. This has wings that are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth with very little drilling involved.