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Missing Teeth

Losing a tooth through trauma, damage or gum disease can affect eating and aesthetics leading to physical discomfort as well as social anxiety.

Leaving a space long term can affect the condition of neighbouring teeth and put the underlying bone at risk. Although tooth loss is sometimes unavoidable, it is essential to consider your options for replacing the space to restore your smile and function and maintain the health of your remaining teeth and underlying jaw bone.

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What could cause me to lose a tooth?

Your dentist will always try to save a tooth and tooth extraction is always the last option. A tooth could be lost due to the following reasons:

  • Trauma; from an accident or clenching and grinding habit
  • Periodontal disease
  • Tooth decay or infection, where a tooth cannot be restored
  • Orthodontic reasons

Why should I replace a missing tooth?

A missing tooth can affect eating and aesthetics.

Food can become trapped in the gaps left behind by missing teeth, and the uneven distribution of pressure on the gums while chewing could make them sore.

Missing teeth that aren’t replaced often cause recession of the gum and jawbone in that area and adjacent teeth can tilt or drift in the space. This makes the viability of any future restorative dental treatments such as implants much more difficult. Furthermore, when the bite is unstable it can lead to jaw joint problems. Many people may seek immediate options to replace a missing tooth at the front of the mouth because of the social consequences and to improve their aesthetics and confidence.

How can I replace a missing tooth?

  • Implants - A Dental implant has become a popular option for permanently replacing a missing tooth. A small titanium screw is embedded into the jaw, acting as an artificial tooth root. As the gums heal, the implant fuses with the jawbone, securing it in place. Once the implant is secure, the dentist will attach a crown. A Dental implant will look, feel and function just like a real tooth, and is a long-lasting, permanent solution to tooth loss.

  • Dentures -  A Denture is a custom made removable prosthesis that can replace some or all teeth. A Denture can also be mounted on implants which can make them feel far more natural, comfortable and stable.

  • Bridges -  A Bridge is another fixed option to replace a missing tooth. Your dentist may recommend a Dental Bridge if you have a few teeth missing in a row. A Bridge attaches to the neighbouring teeth on either side of the gap. In many cases, dentists fit crowns to these teeth to reinforce them. Like Dentures, Bridges can also be mounted on implants for extra security.

What can I expect when replacing missing teeth?

We will always aim to preserve your original teeth whenever possible. However, if you require a replacement, your dentist will talk you through all your options and the procedure for each option, to help you decide on a treatment plan that is suitable for you. If you require tooth extraction or have lost a tooth, we will help you restore your smile, bite, and confidence.

Is it expensive to replace missing teeth?

The cost of treatments to replace missing teeth can vary. Our practice can offer affordable payment plans and finance options to help you manage the cost of your treatment. We will also advise you to check your insurance cover if you have insurance.

Do replacement teeth require special care?

Yes. Maintenace of replacement teeth is very important. Your dental hygienist will advise you on effective brushing techniques. Regular visits to the dentist and thorough cleaning will enhance the longevity of any restorative work you have had done.

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