So what we’re looking at here is a removablepartial denture that’s got a metal chrome framework and you can see what’s holding theseteeth onto the adjacent teeth are these metal clasps. And all I want to illustrate reallyis a few different denture designs. So certainly the advantage of a removable denture usuallyis its cost in that of all the tooth replacement options this is the cheaper of the lot. Soit’s usually around, say, $1,500 estimate, something you’d get a quote from the dentistfor. This denture here you just need to look atas 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 thefunction of this denture, it’s holding onto the teeth next door with the clasp and shouldyou not actually have a tooth behind the gap so in this instance there’s no tooth behindhere quite often when you’re biting it’s going to rock a little. And depending on whyyou’re getting your teeth replaced, you may consider that this actually, if you’re goingfor function, isn’t going to give you a lot of function. So a removable denture doesn’tactually 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 isthat it’s fixed so it’s not removable. So
a denture you need to take out at night soyou don’t get a fungal infection underneath the denture which sometimes occurs. A bridgeis something which is permanently fixed there. So your dentist will shave down the two teethnext 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 teethnext door. Disadvantage is probably it’s price, it’s roughly about $3,500, but you’d needto check with your dentist to get an accurate quote for, and it can weaken the teeth nextdoor, well, rather it does weaken the teeth next door. So sometimes you’ll find that thetooth next door actually breaks because of
the load that it’s taking by holding ontothese teeth. The alternative option for teeth replacementsare implants, the big disadvantage of the implants is its cost. We have the implantcomponent 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 theteeth next door, and it’s not something that is going to cover the palate at all or haveclasps like a removable partial denture. So they’re the options really for replacingone single tooth.