Your teeth are designed to work together, so having just one missing tooth can change the shape of your face and can therefore cause other problems. With your other teeth beginning to shift when you lose an adult tooth, you are likely to experience further issues including tooth sensitivity, tooth grinding, and difficulty chewing.
Missing teeth are usually as a result of tooth decay, dental injuries, dental extractions, gum disease or wear and tear. While one missing tooth isn’t likely to cause you a great amount of inconvenience, you will find that, over time, the teeth either side of the gap will begin to lean into the gap and can change the position of the other teeth. This can eventually lead to problems with biting, chewing and speech. As you lose more teeth, the bone resorbs and can result in the face becoming sunken due to the lack of teeth to support your cheeks.
This is why we advise replacing these gaps early on to prevent further issues down the line. After all, the better we look after our teeth, the longer they will last.
Feeling self-conscious due to missing teeth? If you or someone you know has lost multiple teeth, it’s worth understanding that there are options available.
Dental Treatment for Missing Teeth
Thanks to advances in modern dentistry procedures, there are several different methods of regaining your smile after losing teeth, regardless of the underlying cause for your missing teeth. If you are looking for missing tooth replacement options, here are some of the treatments that we would recommend…
Dental implants replace the gaps in missing teeth and look and feel like your own teeth. Depending on how well you care for them, dental implants can last a lifetime. They should be treated as your own teeth, so it’s crucial to regularly maintain them by visiting your dentist for a checkup as well as brushing and flossing every day.
Dental implants provide a permanent solution if you need to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth in different areas of the mouth.
As a permanent base for a replacement tooth, dental implants are typically the most favoured choice for patients and one that we generally recommend. Alternatively, same-day dental implants can also be used which are more affordable and can be fitted in one day.
Dental crowns fit over the remaining part of a prepared tooth to give it the shape of a natural tooth with the same shade to blend in with your other teeth. Crowns are also used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or have a very large filling. Where the natural structure is missing in the teeth, dental crowns are used to form a replacement structure. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth.
A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth and is made by taking an impression of the surrounding teeth. If your dentist has advised you to have a dental bridge, it’s usually because bridges have a solid structure and are hard-wearing. A bridge helps to strengthen the prepared teeth, with some bridges being fixed to your jaw with dental implants if you have several teeth next to each other that are missing.
An implant-supported bridge is an ideal solution for multiple missing teeth in a row.
Dentures are another solution to replacing missing teeth and can mimic the appearance and feel of natural teeth. Contrary to popular belief, dentures have come a long way in recent years and are far more robust and secure than traditional dentures. Your denture will be made to fit snugly on your gums and you will be able to remove it for cleaning. Our hygienists will be able to show you how to take care of your dentures to ensure they last as long as possible.
There is now a procedure, called denture stabilisation, which means your dentures can be fixed to your jaw with dental implants as a more permanent solution.
Missing Teeth Treatment in London
Our missing tooth treatment varies in price with the option to use 0% finance if you’d prefer to space out the payments. With a free consultation, you can be sure that a specific treatment is right for you with a detailed plan of costs and timelines.
Regardless of the reason why you have missing teeth, whether it be tooth decay, gum disease or through an injury, we would be more than happy to discuss treatment options with you. Of course, the cost will vary depending on the replacement option you choose and the number of teeth you need to replace.
We also provide free e-consultations consisting of a 20-minute phone call to provide you with advice and recommendations suited to your budget and lifestyle.