To keep your mouth healthy and prevent further tooth structure loss, it is usually a good idea to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Our London dentists can provide you with a variety of tooth replacement options, and you and your dentist will work together to determine which option is best for you.
Do I need to replace my missing teeth?
When teeth fall out, they can cause several oral health problems if left untreated. Because the remaining teeth may shift out of position, discomfort, difficulty chewing, wear and tear on the surrounding teeth, and bite misalignment are all possible outcomes.
A condition known as facial collapse occurs when the jaw bone in the area where the teeth are missing begins to deteriorate, eventually leading to the loss of facial function.
Replacement Options for Missing Teeth
When you visit our London dental office, your dentist will discuss the following tooth replacement options with you and assist you in selecting the one that best meets your needs while remaining within your financial budget.
Dentures are removable tooth replacements. It may take some getting used to, and the results will never be the same as if you had your natural teeth. Modern dentures, on the other hand, are extremely natural-looking, comfortable, and functional, and they are typically the most affordable option for replacing missing teeth.
Depending on your requirements, you can choose between two types of dentures. Full dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. A single missing tooth or an entire row of teeth can be replaced with partial dentures. Your dentures will be custom-made for you based on impressions of your mouth.
A dental bridge is a permanent tooth replacement that is attached to the teeth or dental implants on either side of a missing tooth gap. Dental bridges are non-removable, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit for the patient. After it is installed, your dental bridge will last for many years before it needs to be replaced.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots and are surgically implanted into the jawbone to restore tooth function. A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to complete the restoration.
Except for the colour, the dental implant and crown combination resembles a natural tooth in appearance, feel, and function. While implants are more expensive and invasive than crowns or bridges, many people believe the natural appearance and feel they provide are well worth the investment.