A client came to see us looking for options to replace back teeth that had been taken out a number of years ago. He was currently finding it difficult to eat and chew properly and wanted to know what his options were.
On assessing his mouth he was missing his last teeth on the top and bottom jaw and as a result was putting more pressure on his remaining teeth which made him at risk of breaking them.
One option could be to provide a denture. This is a removable appliance that needs to be taken out daily and cleaned. Due to the fact that it had to be taken out this was not an option that he wanted to choose.
A fixed option could be a bridge as long as there were teeth on either side of the gap. This was not the case for this patient as he was missing his last teeth at the back.
The other option is a dental implant. This is titanium root that is placed into the jaw. The dental implant then holds a post onto which a crown is fitted. Dental implants are an excellent option for missing teeth with 98% success rates. They are routinely placed by a specialist implant surgeon, Dr Queseshi at Time Dental and the crown is then placed by the restorative dentist Dr Rashid. The advantage of placing implants are the high success rates, ease of placement, excellent longevity, and no need to prepare any adjacent teeth.