Missing teeth can make you self-conscious about your smile. Gaps in your teeth also can make eating and speech more difficult, as well as potentially affecting your oral health.
What are the consequences of missing teeth?
Stress on other teeth
Loss of biting force
Difficulty chewing, eating and speaking
Replacing missing teeth as soon as possible is the most appropriate way to prevent the remaining teeth from tilting or moving into the empty space.
Your dentist will advise you about your options for replacing teeth. Dentures, a dental bridge or implants can be used. The best option depends on the number of missing teeth and the condition of your gums and supporting bone.
A fixed dental bridge can be used to replace missing teeth and is usually fitted to a tooth or teeth adjacent to the gap.
When several teeth are missing, removable complete or partial dentures can maintain your bite and restore your smile.
When your gums and supporting bone are healthy, dental implants are a long-lasting option to replace teeth. Implants are titanium inserts that replace the root of the tooth and are permanently secured to the supporting bone. They are then restored with a crown or denture that is attached to the titanium insert.