Treatments for missing teeth

Treatments for missing teeth

Frequently asked questions about missing teeth

  1. Are missing teeth a problem?
  2. Do I need to replace missing teeth?
  3. What can I replace missing teeth with?

 

1. Are missing teeth a problem?

Missing teeth can be due to a tooth being removed, teeth failing to erupt from under the gums during childhood, or people can be born without some of their teeth. Lots of people have missing teeth, so why is it an issue?

Missing teeth can cause:

  • Aesthetic concerns – if the gap is within your smile zone
  • Difficulty eating – due to the bite being incomplete/uneven
  • Altered speech – your tongue moves against your teeth to create certain sounds
  • Facial sagging – this is when your cheeks become unsupported due to the loss of teeth
  • Bone loss – missing teeth cause bone resorption, which in turn can neighbouring teeth to become wobbly
  • Drifting teeth – extracting teeth leaves a gap, which allows the neighbouring teeth to tilt and move into the empty space, creating more gaps around those teeth
  • Irregular wear on the remaining teeth – due to one side of the mouth having to work harder to chew food, these teeth grind down or break at a faster rate, which may require intervention or fillings.
  • Cost – the remaining teeth in your mouth are more likely to require treatment

2. Do I need to replace missing teeth?

You do not have to replace the missing teeth in your mouth, but we would advise it! If your tooth is extracted, we would advise that the area is left to heal for 4-6 months before the tooth is replaced. The more teeth that you have missing, the more likely you will need to replace them.

Replacing the missing tooth/teeth will give you:

  • An even bite for chewing
  • Reduce the risk of fracturing or causing wear on your remaining teeth
  • Unaltered speech
  • Bone support – if implants are places
  • Reduced facial sagging – if bridges or dentures are used
  • Cost – replacing missing teeth helps maintain the health of your remaining teeth, bone, and gum, so those teeth will require less treatment
  • Confidence

 

3. What can I replace missing teeth with?

There are multiple options available! Your dentist will discuss treatment plans which are most suitable for you.

Dental implants

These are the most effective and permanent way to replace the missing teeth. The process of dental implants takes a few months to from start to finish.

The implants are made up of two parts; the first is a titanium screw which is inserted into your jawbone and cannot be seen. The second is the ceramic dental crown which clips onto the screw and is made to mimic your old tooth.

Dental implants can be used to replace multiple teeth within your mouth.

Implants are the most expensive tooth replacement option, but they can provide you with the most natural feeling – you may forget you have it! Dental implants can last for decades if they are cleaned and cared for correctly.

We have previous blog on dental implants, check this out for further information!

Dentures

Dentures are the traditional way of replacing missing teeth. Partial dentures replace one or multiple missing teeth in the dental arch. Full dentures replace all the teeth in the dental arch.

Dentures are plastic teeth which are held in place by suction, clasps, or denture adhesive glue. They are removable and should be taken out at night and cleaned.

Dentures allow you to eat correctly and smile with confidence.

Dentures are the most affordable option for tooth replacement!

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are ceramic teeth which has a false tooth which is physically attached and held up by the neighbouring teeth, which will also require ceramic crowns.

The bridge will look natural and mimic your current teeth in shape and colour.

There will be a slight gap between the false tooth and the gums, which must be correctly cleaned to prevent problems occurring on the adjacent teeth – which are critical as they are holding the false tooth in place.

Dental bridges will prevent the adjacent teeth from tipping over and drifting.

Dental bridges are more affordable that dental implants and offer a fixed solution which cannot be removed unlike dentures.

 

If you would like more information about missing teeth, or if you would like to book an appointment with one of our dentists, why not give us a call on 01772 335207 or fill out the contact form and we will be in touch.

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