we replace missing teeth? Why?
missing teeth should always be replaced. If the missing
front teeth are not replaced, it affects the look of
the person and also has a psychological impact. If
missing back teeth are not replaced, it results in a myriad
of problems which can be explained by the figure given
Further more the joint which is responsible for opening
and closing the mouth during speaking, swallowing &
eating will also be affected.
Effect of tooth loss:
a. Drifting of the neighbouring teeth b. Over eruption
of opposing teeth c. Loss of tooth contacts d. Trauma
to supporting structures of tooth e. Recession of gingiva
g. Pocketing h. Premature contact
- What are
the common means of replacing missing teeth?
Missing teethmay be replaced by a Fixed Partial
Denture (FPD) or removable denture. A FPD
is commonly called bridge. This is normally made with
metal and ceramic (porcelain) which bond to one another.
These are different types in bridges.
A removable denture may be partial or complete. A removable
partial denture (RPD) is given, when a bridge is
not a ideal choice for the patient. It is made in acrylic
(a type of plastic) or cast in a metal which is well accepted
by the body. A complete denture (CD)
may be needed when no teeth are left in the mouth.
Sometimes a CD is made with support of
two or more teeth left behind. The artificial teeth used
in CD is made of acrylic and are of varying
- Why do
Commonly speaking bleeding gums may be due to
unhealthy gums caused by the deposition of tartar
around and under the gums. Bleeding gums can also be arise
due to some improper contact of the opposing teeth
and of deficiency of Vitamin C
- Why do
some teeth pain during intake of cold foods and hot foods?
Unattended decay, tends to eat away the "enamel"
of teeth. The next layer of teeth is called dentrine
which is highly sensitive to extremes of temperature.
This situation might give rise to sharp pain, when exposed
to temperature. Left unattended it may give rise to more
- What can
be done about the gap present between two front upper
The gap can be closed absolutely well to give a natural
look. Depending on the size of the gap it may be treated
with composite (a tooth color material), or
crowns (ceramic or metal + ceramic) or laminates
(a thin covering using ceramic). The gap may also be closed
using certain type of braces (Orthodontic Treatment)