If you have missing teeth, chances are that one of four things may have happened. It may be that an adult tooth did not develop in your gum, leaving a gap when your baby tooth fell out. Tooth decay can lead to the deterioration of a tooth or teeth to the point that fillings are no longer a viable option and extraction is the only choice available. Finally, there is gum disease - periodontal disease or gingivitis. With inflammation and recession of your gums, this can lead to the loosening of your teeth and eventually the need for their extraction, or they may fall out naturally. Many of you may already know that gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.
If you have one, or a number of missing teeth, then you may well recognise some of these common problems caused by missing teeth, and it will also explain why many of you are looking at options to replace your missing teeth.
First there is eating. Depending on how many teeth you have missing, or if you have a number of very loose teeth, certain foods can start to become ‘off the menu’, like corn on the cob, steak, crusty rolls, etc. Then there comes the health aspect. If you have missing teeth it may well be as a result of gum disease, as mentioned above. If that is the case, it is never too late to visit your dentist. Oral hygiene is important, not just for a healthy mouth, but for your overall health and well-being.
Finally, there is aesthetics. If you have lost any of your front teeth, then there is a chance you will have become self-conscious, and it is also likely you have stopped smiling. With so many options for missing teeth, there is no real need for you to ‘suffer’ in silence and feel so uncomfortable. If you are missing any teeth, you really should consider booking a consultation with an expert.
Your main options for missing teeth are dental implants, dental bridges or dentures. The option to provide you with the best solution will often depend on a combination of advice from your dental practitioner and your personal preference.
If you have only one, or a few missing teeth, then your best choice may well be dental implants. These will last you a lifetime and they mean you don’t have to worry about what you eat, or have the oral sensation of removable dentures. A dental implant is the closest thing you will get to having a new natural-feeling and looking tooth. Advancements in today’s dental technology also means that dental implants are easy to fit and involve far less dental work than you probably imagine. The main ‘disadvantage’ of dental implants is the prospect of having a titanium screw inserted into the bone in your mouth, which a number of patients do not relish if they have not previously experienced how simple and effective the procedure is. To learn more about dental implants, why not download our free informative e-Book; we know you will find it very interesting to read and it should answer many questions you may have about dental implants.
A dental bridge is one of the more common ways of filling a gap between two teeth. It involves the use of the two teeth either side of the gap to act as ‘anchors’ for the replacement tooth or teeth. The gap doesn’t have to be just one tooth, it can be several teeth. The choice between a dental bridge and dental implants can be as a result of personal preference, or weakening of the bones in your mouth which makes implants inadvisable.
Often referred to as ‘false teeth’, dentures are the final option for missing teeth we will discuss here. Dentures can be worn where a good number of teeth, if not all, are missing. Where tooth loss is as the result of periodontal disease, partial or complete dentures can often prove the most practical and simplest solution. Of the three options we have discussed, dentures also have the larger number of disadvantages. Whereas dental implants and bridges are a more permanent-fitting option for missing teeth, dentures are removable. This means there will be times when you don’t have a full set of teeth in your mouth, which can create problems with self-confidence. Certain foods will no longer be appealing, and here we are not just talking about food that is tough to chew, but certain foods like raspberries and blackberries which have pips that can work their way under the denture plate and become an irritation.
If you have some missing teeth and would love to have a natural healthy smile again, why not give us a call and book a consultation with one of our highly experienced dentists. We’ll be delighted to advise you on the best options for missing teeth available to you.
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