So what we're looking at here is a removable partial denture that's got a metal chrome
framework and you can see what's holding these teeth onto the adjacent teeth are these metal
clasps. And all I want to illustrate really is a few different denture designs. So certainly
the advantage of a removable denture usually is its cost in that of all the tooth replacement
options this is the cheaper of the lot. So it's usually around, say, $1,500 estimate,
something you'd get a quote from the dentist for.
This denture here you just need to look at as well. The disadvantage is it is potentially
going to show when you smile. It doesn't always, but can show you that clasp when you're smiling.
And also the function, you can see with the function of this denture, it's holding onto
the teeth next door with the clasp and should you not actually have a tooth behind the gap
-- so in this instance there's no tooth behind here -- quite often when you're biting it's
going to rock a little. And depending on why you're getting your teeth replaced, you may
consider that this actually, if you're going for function, isn't going to give you a lot
of function. So a removable denture doesn't actually give you much function, it's even
worse if there's no tooth behind it. In contrast, the next option you may consider
is a bridge. Now, the bridge's advantage is that it's fixed so it's not removable. So
a denture you need to take out at night so you don't get a fungal infection underneath
the denture which sometimes occurs. A bridge is something which is permanently fixed there.
So your dentist will shave down the two teeth next door, you can see the reduction in the
tooth shape that occurs with that bridge preparation, and then they cement that bridge on top. So
its advantage is that it's fixed to the teeth next door. Disadvantage is probably it's price,
it's roughly about $3,500, but you'd need to check with your dentist to get an accurate
quote for, and it can weaken the teeth next door, well, rather it does weaken the teeth
next door. So sometimes you'll find that the tooth next door actually breaks because of
the load that it's taking by holding onto these teeth.
The alternative option for teeth replacements are implants, the big disadvantage of the
implants is its cost. We have the implant component which might be $2,900 and the crown
which might be that same amount again as well. The advantages of the implant really is that
it's fixed to the jaw, it's not touching the teeth next door, and it's not something that
is going to cover the palate at all or have clasps like a removable partial denture.
So they're the options really for replacing one single tooth.