Breaking, chipping or knocking out a tooth could happen after a blow to the face, or even after eating something hard.
If the tooth is just chipped, you should make an appointment with one or our dentists to have it smoothed down and filled.
If the tooth has been knocked out or is badly broken please call us on 0141 336 3549 for further advice and to book an emergency appointment.
Methods of replacing missing tooth
There are a few options available for replacing a missing tooth, our dentists will advise which one is best for you depending of your personal and medical circumstances;
- Removable partial denture
- Resin bonded bridge
- Fixed dental bridge
- Dental Implant with crown
Removable partial denture
A removable partial denture (RPD) is a denture recommended for patients who cannot have a bridge (a fixed partial denture) for various reasons, like a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge or financial limitations. The Removable partial denture is one of the most cost effective options of replacing a missing tooth.
Built from plastic +/- metal, this type of prosthesis is referred to as a removable partial denture because patients can remove and reinsert it when required without professional help.
For this type of dental treatment no adjacent teeth are affected however it can sometimes encourage plaque build up around adjacenet teeth ultimately leading to decay.
Resin bonded bridges
Resin bonded or resin retained bridges (RBBs/RRBs) are minimally invasive fixed prostheses which rely on composite resin cements for retention.
Resin bonded bridges (also known as Maryland bridges) are another treatment option available for the replacement of a missing tooth. This treatment consists of a false tooth made from an aesthetic, white material, which locates into the space of the absent tooth, held in place by a metal wing connected to the back of either one or both of its neighbours, using a small amount of bonded filling material to attach the wings to the adjacent teeth.
Resin-bonded bridges are a viable option for long-term only in certain cases. Most often, they are used for short-term management, in the period between having a tooth extracted and having a dental implant fitted.
Fixed dental bridge
A fixed dental bridge may be used to restore the resulting gaps of one or more missing teeth. Consisting in a is a false tooth or teeth, beautifully created from porcelain or other materials, the dental bridge is supported by adjacent teeth or implants.
While dental bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues, last over a long period and even improve your speech, they require your commitment to serious oral hygiene; in some cases the teeth supporting the bridge might require root canal treatment.
Dental Implant with crown
A dental implant is a false tooth which is permanently fixed to the jawbone using a titanium screw (in other words a high tech tooth root replacement) The dental implant requires a minor surgical procedure using local anaesthetic.
While this is the most expensive option available for replacing a missing tooth, a single dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options.
A dental implant can look like a natural tooth and replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighbouring teeth. Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved over time. In the long term, a single implant can be more esthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge.
Which of this treatments would be best for me?
Once attending your appointment, during the consultation our dentist will carefully consider what options are viable for you and advise you about the available treatments. Depending on your personal and medical circumstances, one or more options will be available for you to choose from.
To book and appointment call 0141 336 3549.