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20/02/2022

What Are the Options for Missing Teeth?

Whether you’ve lost a tooth because of an injury or through decay, the effect is the same – a gappy smile that you’re probably not very fond of. 

Did you know that losing a tooth can lead to other oral health issues? Aside from the cosmetic concerns associated with rebuilding your confidence, filling that gap will help reduce these risks.

But what exactly are the options for replacing your missing teeth

In this guide, we’ll talk you through three of the options.

What Happens If You Don’t Replace a Missing Tooth?

Depending on where the gap is in your mouth, you may be tempted to not replace your tooth. But leaving a space between your teeth can lead to further complications. Issues you may face include:

  • Increased risk of tooth decay in neighbouring teeth – Gaps between teeth are the perfect place for plaque bacteria to lurk. This puts the teeth on either side of the in danger.
  • Increased risk of gum disease – Plaque build up in hard to clean spaces between teeth can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. 
  • Risk of neighbouring teeth moving – If you don’t have a full row of teeth, over time, those without a neighbour can gradually move out of position.
  • Resorption of your jaw – Your teeth anchor to your jaw. When a space appears in the jaw, it can lead to a deterioration of the bone and a weaker jawbone.

Dentures

Filling gaps has long been done using dentures and ‘false teeth’ are often the most cost-effective solution. 

Getting dentures fitted is non-invasive. The process involves having impressions taken of your mouth so that customised dentures can be made that fit perfectly. Once they’re back from the lab, we’ll fit them and you can smile with confidence again.

Dentures are removable, making them easy to clean and maintain. They’re a great solution for replacing several teeth and are durable and long-lasting.

Bridges

Bridges use neighbouring teeth to provide support for a replacement tooth. They consist of a pontic which is a prosthetic tooth joined on either side to crowns that fit onto your existing teeth.

This effective solution offers a greater degree of stability in comparison to dentures. There are several types of bridges, some of which include metal and porcelain frames.

The procedure will require the preparation of your neighbouring teeth prior to the placement of the supporting crowns.

Dental Implants

If you’re looking for a solution that provides all of the rigidity of a real tooth, dental implants are the option for you.

Implants mimic the function of your tooth’s root. They use a titanium post that fuses with your jaw to support a realistic crown.

The procedure for placing implants is more complicated than the other options, however, they are widely regarded as being the next best thing to having a real tooth.

Dental implants can also be used to retain bridges and dentures in place.

Book Your Appointment Today

Still not sure which option best suits you? Our team of friendly experts will be able to talk you through the available choices. 

Get in touch today to arrange a consultation. 

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