Advantages & Disadvantages of Replacing Teeth

Advantages & Disadvantages of Replacing Teeth

Losing your teeth can have implications for both your oral health and your appearance. The gap formed by a missing tooth can cause other teeth to become crooked and move out of position, causing changes to a person’s bite. These changes to the teeth can make it more difficult for people to properly clean their teeth, which can lead to an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Missing teeth can also cause self-esteem issues, as people will feel self-conscious about smiling, eating and talking in case people see their missing tooth/teeth.

It’s a common belief that only elderly people lose their teeth, but that’s definitely not true. Younger people can lose their teeth too. The loss of teeth can be caused by tooth decay, gum infections, periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth abcesses, cracked teeth, and poor nutrition.

Luckily, there are multiple options for replacing missing teeth which can improve both your oral health and your appearance.

Some of the treatment options include:

Dental Implants

A dental implant can be used for both single and multiple missing teeth. The procedure for dental implants involves the following:

  • A scan is taken of the missing teeth and your mouth.
  • A 3D X-ray is taken of the mouth.
  • A 3D plan of the implant type and location in the mouth is created.
  • The implant is placed in your mouth using a 3D planned surgical guide.
  • Wait 3-6 months for the implant to integrate with the jaw bone.
  • A custom-made connector and ceramic crown are placed on the implant.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular choice for people with missing teeth because:

They are the closest thing to a natural tooth. The crown(s) have been made to resemble the shape, colour and size of natural teeth.

  • They are secure.
  • They don’t affect any surrounding teeth.
  • They can last for at least 10 years.
  • They can be combined with other dental treatments.
  • Disadvantages of Dental Implants

Disadvantages of dental implants include:

  • It can have a long recovery period.
  • They can fail if they don’t properly attach to the bone.
  • They can be more expensive than other dental treatments.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges consist of one or more pontics (false teeth) which bridge the gap of missing teeth by being attached to the natural teeth on the other side by using dental cement.

The different types of dental bridges include:

Traditional bridges: The most popular bridge comprises one or more false teeth that bridge the gap of missing teeth. The false teeth are held into place with dental crowns which need to be fitted to both of the adjacent natural teeth.

Cantilever bridges: Similar to traditional bridges, but they’re only secured to one adjacent tooth.

Composite bridges: They consist of a pontiac with mental/porcelain ‘wings’ which are secured to the adjacent natural teeth using composite resin. Since there are no crowns involved, there are no permanent alterations made to the surrounding teeth.

The procedure for getting a dental bridge depends on the type of bridge you get. For a traditional or cantilever bridge, the dentist will remove enamel from your natural teeth to prepare your natural teeth for the crowns. When the natural teeth have been prepared, the crowns of the bridge will be cemented onto them.

For composite bridges, crowns aren’t involved. The pontic (artificial tooth) will have two wings which will be cemented to the back of the adjacent teeth using composite resin.

The Benefits of Dental Bridges

The benefits of dental bridges include:

  • They come in different forms, so it’s easy to find a fit that’s perfect for you.
  • They don’t need to be removed at night.
  • It restores your smile.
  • It prevents your teeth from shifting.

The Disadvantages of Dental Bridges

The disadvantages of dental bridges include:

  • They don’t last as long as dental implants.
  • How effective they depend on the strength of natural teeth.


Dentures are fake teeth that are worn to replace missing teeth.

The main types of dentures include:

Permanent dentures: Also known as ‘fixed dentures.’ They are affixed to the jawbone using dental implants.

Removable dentures: Also known as ‘conventional dentures.’ They are specially moulded and fitted to the patient’s mouth and can be removed to be cleaned. They can be used as both a short-term and long-term solution.

Complete dentures: Also known as ‘full dentures.’ They consist of an entire set of false teeth which can be either permanent or removable.

Partial dentures: They fill gaps by attaching to your natural teeth. They provide both a removable and permanent solution.

Overdentures: Dentures which are secured by implants but are still removable.

Flippers: A removable partial denture which replaces a single tooth.

Before dentures are made, an X-ray and mold of your mouth will need to be completed, so an accurate denture can be made. The dentist will then insert a metal framework (called a Try), which allows for a trial fitting to take place. Once both the dentist and patient are happy with the trial fitting, another appointment is made for the insertion of the final denture(s).

The Benefits of Dentures

The benefits of dentures include:

  • Can be tailored to every individual’s mouth.
  • They can be removed, which makes them an ideal solution for patients not ready for a permanent solution like dental implants.
  • They improve the look of your smile.
  • They are easy to clean.
  • They can reduce the risk of further oral health issues.

The Disadvantages of Dentures

The disadvantages of dentures include:

  • They can be uncomfortable.
  • They can move around while talking or eating.

Some people might find the regular cleaning of the dentures tiresome.

Your oral health has an impact on your overall health, which is why missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible. Multiple dental treatment options are available for missing teeth – the main three being dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. The dental treatment you get will depend on your financial situation, your oral health, and the recommendation of your dentist.

At Advanced Dental Cammeray, we have almost 20 years of dental experience and take pride in offering the highest quality service with state-of-the-art equipment, pain-free techniques, and personalised attention to each of our patients.

If you have missing teeth and are in need of dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures, please contact us at (+612 9922 6022) or We are always more than happy to help you make an informed decision about your treatment options.