Missing Teeth

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If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be all too aware of their importance to your looks and dental health.

Your teeth are designed to work together to help you chew, speak and smile. When teeth are missing, it is difficult to do these things. Even the loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to shift and your face look older. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced If a tooth is not replaced, other teeth can drift out of position and change the bite. Shifting teeth can possibly lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Missing teeth can lead to loss of jaw bone and support for the facial tissues leading to a change in appearance. There are three main options that we are highly trained in at Redland Bay Smiles:

  1. Implant options
  2. Bridges options
  3. Removable Dentures

Having a missing tooth or teeth can be unsightly and cause significant chewing problems. There are several means to replace missing teeth which include implants, bridges or dentures. At Redland Bay Smiles our Dentists will discuss the pros and cons of each with you as well as the associated costs.

Removable Partial Denture

Removable partial dentures are a great solution for patients who need dentures in place of one or two of their natural teeth. They are an effective solution for both aesthetic (filling gaps) and functional (ability to eat properly) purposes.

Dental Bridge

Dental bridges are similar to partial dentures, however they are held solidly in place by abutments that are attached to the neighbouring teeth. We make dental bridges from a variety of materials, although porcelain is preferred by most people as it allows us to blend it more easily with the natural colour of the surrounding teeth.

Dental Implant

Dental implants are a more permanent solution for missing teeth. Getting a dental implant involves having a metal screw implanted into the jaw. This is the anchor. Attached to this anchor is an artificial tooth, or crown, that replaces the natural tooth that was previously in that position.

What is the best option for replacing missing teeth?

If you need to replace missing teeth, it’s a good idea to understand your options before settling on a final solution.
Removable Partial Denture
A removable partial denture is a great option when you’re missing a single tooth or even a number of teeth. Many people opt for a removable partial denture when missing front teeth, as it’s an easy solution for what can often be an unsightly gap in a smile. Removable partial dentures are usually worn during the day but removed at night and soaked in a cleaning solution. This allows it to be cleaned of any harmful bacteria and remain fresh in the morning. There are some disadvantages to removable partial dentures. As they are not a permanent solution, they can become dislodged or may move about when you’re talking or eating. This is often a fixable issue, but sometimes you may need metal clasps in order to help the partial denture retain its position inside the mouth.
Temporary Denture
Temporary dentures are a great short-term solution for missing teeth. They can be easily removed and so aren’t ideal as a long-term replacement for a missing tooth. Temporary dentures are used to allow the site of the missing tooth to heal prior to the patient getting a bridge or permanent implant.
Bridge
A bridge is a good option when there are still surrounding teeth around the missing tooth (or teeth). Bridges are a permanent solution and are cemented into place. Due to their permanence, bridges are great for people who are looking for a solution that won’t require much fiddling or constant adjustment. Bridges still need to be cleaned regularly, and there are tools that make it easier to clean under them. A significant disadvantage of bridges is that they sometimes require work on the teeth that surround the missing tooth, and this may involve cutting into healthy teeth. Further, bridges are usually only recommended for one or two missing teeth. They are rarely the best solution for more than two missing teeth.
Dental Implant
A dental implant is often the best solution for a missing tooth, or multiple teeth. A properly installed dental implant will look and feel just like a natural tooth. A dental implant is installed directly into the area that the root of the missing tooth previously occupied. It is then allowed to heal into the bone, and a crown is placed over the top. Implants are a great permanent solution and can be used to replace one or many teeth. They still need to be cared for like regular teeth, but can in many ways be more resistant to the problems that natural teeth face.

How much does it cost to replace missing teeth?

It’s impossible to give a universal estimate for the cost of replacing a missing tooth. We need to take a look at your missing tooth (or teeth), examine the surrounding teeth, assess the situation and determine the correct solution for your particular situation. If you would like an estimate, please speak with us and book a consultation.

Is it necessary to replace missing teeth?

It is highly recommended that you replace missing teeth, even those molars in the back of the mouth that can’t be seen. There are a lot of ongoing negative effects that can occur from leaving a gap in your teeth. Your surrounding teeth may become misaligned without that tooth holding them in place. They may become damaged or deteriorate. The bone in your jaw can become weak or may grow incorrectly. Your quality of life and ability to eat may also be impacted. It’s possible to survive without missing teeth, but we always recommend very strongly that patients replace any missing teeth.

What are congenitally missing teeth?

Congenitally missing teeth are usually identified in children. A congenitally missing tooth is simply a tooth that never developed. Most adults have thirty-two permanent teeth. If a tooth fails to develop, or only partially develops, that is a congenitally missing tooth (also known as hypodontia). Around 20% of adults are missing a tooth, so it’s very common, but should still be treated when it’s identified. Book an appointment to discuss your missing teeth

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