Ways to replace missing teeth
Having missing teeth can have a serious impact on your daily life. Not only does it affect your appearance, self-confidence and general health but without forgetting the real reason for teeth, it also makes chewing food rather difficult.
Common causes for tooth loss include injury and poor oral hygiene, which if left untreated can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. However, thanks to modern dentistry, missing teeth doesn’t always mean you’re left with a gappy smile, as there are ways we can help.
Treatments for missing teeth
If you have lost a tooth for any reason, book an appointment with us as soon as possible, as we recommend replacing the tooth quickly to help maintain the position of the surrounding teeth and preventing them drifting into the empty space.
Implants are a great solution to the hole problem (pun intended!). They offer a sturdy, long-term fix and they act most like a natural tooth when chewing, brushing or smiling. They replace both the root and crown of the tooth for either one missing tooth, or multiple teeth and we can also attach dentures to implants. Implants can be treated the same as natural teeth, therefore make sure to floss and brush them as normal and have regular check-ups with us and they should last many years.
Bridges are natural-looking false teeth, which are attached to the neighbouring teeth using crowns or veneers. To fit the bridge, the teeth either side of the gap, in some cases, need to have some of their enamel removed to fit the supporting crown, making it vastly different from an implant, which doesn’t affect your surrounding teeth. Dental bridges precisely fit your teeth and bite and therefore help you eat, assist in clear speech and help prevent your teeth from shifting.
Dentures are used when you have more than just a few missing teeth. They are removable appliances that consist of numerous artificial teeth. Full dentures mimic the look and function of a full set of teeth, while over-dentures will fit over a few remaining teeth. It may take some time to get used to wearing dentures, but after an adjustment period they should begin to feel comfortable and natural.
“… You are a genius and an artist (or should it be craftsman/person?) Andrew! Just a small note of thanks for your wizardry and expertise yesterday. It feels and looks amazingly better – and ot even a twinge of pain afterwards…” – Patient