Learn More About Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can be an unpretty experience; it can make you look older than your actual age and impact how you feel about smiling in front of other people. And we all know that socialising is essential for human well-being, so tooth loss is a major concern.
Additionally, it requires immediate action. It’s not just for cosmetic reasons, but because losing one or more teeth can be a root cause of different dental problems; the remaining teeth can shift out of their right positions. When this happens, poor chewing function, speech problems, a misaligned bite, and a risk of decay could arise, costing you more extensive dental work.
At Hills Family Dental Centre, we prioritise your oral health and help you in every way to provide amazing results when replacing missing teeth. You could choose from our dental procedures, such as dental implants, bridges, or dentures. The dental professionals in our office always aim to improve their skills and apply advances to dentistry to deliver quality and gentle care for every patient. We know that receiving tooth replacement can be overwhelming, so we’ll guide you through the process and help you make an informed decision.
Common Causes of
People naturally lose their primary teeth, which is generally normal. But having missing teeth when you have all the permanent teeth may be a cause of a wide range of health issues and other risk factors:
Individuals who participate in strenuous activities are at high risk of physical injuries and blows to their faces. Such occurrences can result in knocking-out their teeth, particularly their incisors.
Tooth agenesis is the inherited malformation of the upper and lower jawbone that can cause secondary teeth never to form. This type of tooth loss may occur with certain congenital conditions or associated with health issues that affect the development of teeth, hair, and nails.
When decay reaches the deep inner layer of the tooth, it can irritate the pulp, and if left unaddressed, this problem can cause tooth dying and requires removal.
Poor oral hygiene
It's no surprise that neglecting to brush your teeth can result in problems or weakening of the teeth.
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Dental Services That
Can Address Missing Teeth
We can customise dentures according to your needs; these are sets of false teeth, usually made from plastic, that are worn to replace several missing teeth.
This tooth replacement involves placing a dental bridge on the neighboring teeth beside the gap, which acts as a support or is sometimes called “anchor/abutment teeth”.
We also offer popular dental implants for addressing missing teeth, which involves surgically planting a titanium post in the jawbone.
If you want fixed dentures for better chewing function, the dentist in our practice performs all-on-4 implants.
They are removable and generally supported by the gum tissues.
The first step is to make an impression so that the bridge can be custom-made to fit your mouth, and then the adjacent teeth are prepared, followed by attaching the bridge securely.
It serves as a replacement for lost roots, and then, once the area heals, a replacement tooth is fitted on top of it for complete restoration.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Missing Teeth
- Chewing difficulties. When teeth are missing, food can enter the empty spaces and scratch the gums, causing pain and discomfort when eating.
- Tooth shifting and jawbone damage. Each tooth supports your dentition, so when the remaining teeth begin to move towards the empty space, it can affect the bite alignment and deteriorate the jawbone.
- Premature aging. As the jaw bone begins to shrink, your face muscles may start to sag. This can change your face shape and sunken cheeks, thus making you look older.
- Gum irritation. The food can get stuck, which may cause bacteria problems in your gums.
It depends on the situation. If you just had your tooth removed by a dentist, we highly recommend waiting for a couple of months to allow your gums to heal before undergoing another dental procedure. On the other hand, if your tooth falls out, you should replace it immediately.
Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly to eliminate debris between them and your gums is essential. You can level up your oral hygiene routine by attending dental appointments for professional cleanings and dental checkups. Such habits may keep your mouth healthy and prevent damage to teeth, which could lead to loss.
Accidents can happen during sports, so it would help if you wear a custom mouthguard from a dentist to absorb the shock and protect your teeth from high impact.
The answer may depend on your restorative and/or cosmetic dentistry treatment. Generally speaking, most of these dental services may cost quite high because of the detailed process and skills of the dentist.
We recommend consulting the dentist in our clinic to give you more accurate information about this.