Missing teeth can affect more than just your appearance. If you've lost one or more teeth, plugging the gap can lower your risk of oral health problems and support the healthy teeth on either side so they don't shift and become crooked. 
Your dentist will discuss all the different options for replacing your missing teeth, so you can choose the treatment that's right for you. Two of the most popular options are dentures and dental implants, which each have their advantages and disadvantages for different people.
Forget the unconvincing false teeth of the past. Modern dentures are designed to look and feel as close to natural teeth as possible, helping you to chew and speak normally and also supporting your cheeks and lips.
Removable dentures don't support your jaw like implants do. They also won't support your mouth
Dentures can be worn at all ages, not just seniors. Dentures may be suitable for people who may not be candidates for implants for medical reasons.
If you need to replace an entire arch of teeth, your dentist may recommend full dentures as the most affordable treatment. If you only need to replace one or several teeth, they may suggest partial dentures or recommend an implant or dental bridge to offer more support, but the choice is always down to the individual patient in consultation with their dentist.
Dental implants are a long-term replacement for missing teeth. The implant itself is a titanium post that's surgically placed in your jaw, where it acts like a tooth root to support a prosthetic tooth as well as supporting your jaw.
Your dentist is more likely to recommend implants if you only need to replace one or a few teeth, as they offer more support than dentures and are easier to maintain. If you need to replace a whole arch of teeth, they may recommend full arch restoration using just four implants – such as All-on-4® implants.
Your mouth needs to be healthy before implants can be fitted. If you have a problem such as tooth decay or gum disease, this needs to be treated first. If you smoke, giving up will increase the chance of your implants being successful.
If your jaw is too small to support a standard implant and you need a bone graft, you won't be suitable for this procedure if you have a medical condition such as a blood clotting disorder, bone diseases or immune system deficiency. Book a consultation with your dentist to talk through the treatment options available to you.
If you're thinking about dentures, dental implants or other treatments to restore your smile and your oral health, talk to our dentists in Brisbane CBD.
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*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner
 Bupa UK. Replacing missing teeth [Online] 2016 [Accessed March 2018] Available from: https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/directory/t/teeth-replacing