What are my options for replacing one missing tooth?

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.