Missing Teeth Replacement


In dentistry, several options exist for replacing missing teeth, each tailored to individual needs, considering factors like oral health, budget, and personal preferences. These replacement options aim to restore functionality, improve aesthetics, and prevent oral health issues caused by gaps in the dentition.

  1. Dental Implants: Considered the gold standard for tooth replacement, dental implants are surgically placed artificial tooth roots made of titanium or other biocompatible materials. These implants fuse with the jawbone, providing a sturdy foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants offer excellent stability, durability, and a natural appearance while preventing bone loss and preserving oral health.
  2. Dental Bridges: Bridges consist of artificial teeth (pontics) anchored to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Traditional bridges use adjacent teeth as support by placing crowns on these teeth, while implant-supported bridges utilize dental implants as anchors. Bridges are a fixed solution for replacing missing teeth, restoring function and aesthetics.
  3. Dentures: Removable prosthetic devices used to replace multiple missing teeth or an entire arch. Complete dentures replace all teeth in an arch, while partial dentures fill gaps when some natural teeth remain. Modern dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking, providing functional benefits and restoring the smile.
  4. All-on-4/All-on-6: These techniques use a strategic placement of dental implants to support a full arch of teeth (either upper or lower). All-on-4 utilizes four implants per arch, while All-on-6 uses six implants. This method offers a fixed and stable solution for patients needing full mouth restoration without the need for individual implants for each tooth.
  5. Implant-Supported Overdentures: Combining the stability of implants with the convenience of dentures, overdentures snap onto dental implants for enhanced retention and stability. They offer a secure fit and improved functionality compared to traditional removable dentures.
  6. Mini Dental Implants: Smaller versions of traditional dental implants, suitable for patients with insufficient bone mass or those looking for less invasive implant options. Mini implants are often used to stabilize dentures.

The choice of replacement option depends on various factors, including the number of missing teeth, jawbone health, overall oral health, budget, and patient preferences. DR. Vaibhav Buttan, a specialized Prosthodontist, at Dr. Buttan’s Dental Care can help determine the most suitable solution, ensuring optimal oral function, aesthetics, and overall well-being after tooth loss.