Don’t Hide Your Beautiful Smile


Smiling is the universal language of happiness but sometimes we might  hide that smile behind our hands or try not to smile because we have gaps between our teeth or even missing teeth.

The reasons can vary from your teeth not being in alignment or maybe you’ve had teeth extracted due to breaking or decay.

It is hard to smile widely and be confident when you are worried about how people will react when they see that missing tooth or gap between your teeth.

There are options for regaining that smile and confidence.

 Here are some tooth replacement options for missing teeth:

1) Dental Implant 

An implant is a great way to replace a missing tooth. This solution feels and acts the most like a natural tooth when chewing, brushing or smiling.  The implant replaces the actual root of the missing tooth and heals in the bone for several months.  We then place an abutment, 

to which a crown will be cemented.  A major advantage is no need to alter any other teeth when placing an implant.  An implant is a great solution for a single missing tooth, and even more implants can replace many missing teeth.  When smiling or talking there

 is no way to tell the difference between an implant and a natural tooth. Dental implants are designed to last a long time — upwards of 25 years — and are a long-term, permanent teeth replacement solution.


2) Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge

A bridge is an option when there are teeth on either side of the missing tooth. A bridge is a fixed solution that stays cemented in the mouth and does not come out.  This method involves cutting down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to be able to connect them together.  We recommend floss threaders, which slide under the bridge, to keep it clean. Sometimes the teeth next to the gap need a filling or a crown and this method can kill two birds with one stone; filling the gap and fixing the adjacent tooth at the same time.  A bridge can replace one or two missing teeth easily, and sometimes more if there is enough support – The average is 10-15 years for a conventional bridge.


3) Removable Partial Denture

A removable denture, which is worn during the day, can replace one or many missing teeth.  Sometimes a partial denture may need metal clasps to help it stay in the mouth – If you practice good oral hygiene and see a dentist regularly, partial dentures can last from 5 to 15 years.

4) Removable Complete Dentures

Full dentures, or complete dentures, are a removable device that can be used to replace missing teeth. The denture teeth are made out of porcelain or acrylic and held together by an acrylic base. A complete denture is a replacement for the full set.
If you’re considering your false teeth options, full dentures may be needed when you lose all of your teeth and they can help fill out your appearance again, and leaving you feeling more confident to smile – Dentures will, eventually, need to be replaced, but with the proper care, they can last several years. In general, dentists recommend getting new dentures every five to eight years.

5) Resin-Bonded Bridge

This consists of a false porcelain “tooth” (Pontic) held in place with a porcelain or metal ‘wing’ which is glued to the support tooth. These bridges are most often used for replacing missing incisor teeth, but can occasionally be used to replace a missing molar or premolar tooth as well –   these usually last for 7-10 years 

 6) Veneers 

Veneers are restorations added to the front surface of the tooth in order to correct discolouration, minor misalignment, chips or cracks. They are used to reduce gaps between teeth and build up worn teeth to restore a natural looking smile. Veneers can be made of composite resin or porcelain.

Porcelain veneers are generally sturdy and should last between 10 and 15 years with proper care. Depending on the type of wear or damage they incur, veneers may need cosmetic repair or full replacement. It’s up to the wearer to protect them in order to increase their lifespan.



 So give the friendly staff at Chinchilla Dental Practice a call and they will book you in with one of our caring dentists for a consult about which option would work best for you and the costs involved – don’t forget that we offer interest free payment plans through MySmilePlan – just ask Karen for details 😊

By Karen Dolbel 

Practice Manager