Not only can a missing tooth change your appearance, but it can also cause problems with biting, chewing and speech. Depending on how many teeth you have lost, it can also cause a ‘sinking’ effect whereby your cheeks sink-in and causes wrinkling around the mouth. The more teeth you lose, the more flexibility in your cheeks as there is nothing to support them.
Missing teeth can be caused by a number of factors, most commonly caused by tooth decay, gum disease or significant trauma and injury. Over time, missing teeth can result in further issues, which is why we always advise treatment for tooth replacement.
If you are looking for tooth replacement treatment, luckily, there are a number of excellent options available to restore your smile. The quicker you visit your dentist for advice on missing teeth, the better the options you will have for tooth replacement – so we always recommend visiting your dentist earlier on.
1. Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the most common methods of tooth replacement and are affordable and extremely effective, as they stop the bone from receding as the bone has something to hold onto. They can be used to replace single missing teeth or multiple missing teeth.
Unlike some other tooth replacement options, dental implants look and feel like a real tooth. While they do take a short time to heal, they are an excellent permanent solution and can be secured with a dental crown.
The bone integrates around the dental implant to make it stable and secure for a long-lasting replacement for missing teeth. When cared for and maintained properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants are a lifelong replacement, meaning that you won’t need additional appointments in-between your dental check-ups.
If you’re in a hurry, you’ll also be pleased to know that there is a treatment that gives you dental implants in just one day, meaning that you won’t need several appointments in order to restore your smile. Same-day dental implants make it possible to replace missing teeth in the space of a few hours.
2. Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a great smile restoration option and can restore your ability to eat and speak, as well as your facial structure to stop the remaining teeth from sinking in. They help to rebalance your bite by filling in gaps between the teeth where you have lost teeth.
Dental bridges can be used to replace missing teeth if there are teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge. They are incredibly strong and long-lasting, providing that you care for them properly and regularly visit your dentist every six months for check-ups.
At Perfect Smile Spa, there are three different types of dental bridges we offer, including traditional bridges, resin-bonded bridges and implant-retained bridges. While we understand you are unlikely to understand the difference between these three types of bridges, we take the time to explain each treatment to help you make the best decision.
3. Cosmetic Dentures
Similar to dental implants, cosmetic dentures can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth that are missing. While many patients are put off by the thought of dentures as they believe they are prone to falling out, this is no longer true. Advancements in technology mean that modern dentures are completely secure, robust and will not fall out.
There are two types of cosmetic dentures – full dentures and partial dentures. As you’d expect, full dentures are suitable for when there are no teeth in the mouth, whereas partial dentures are used for when one (or very few) teeth are missing. Full dentures do not require teeth to secure them, although partial dentures do need some teeth to be secured.
Tooth Replacement at Perfect Smile Spa
At Perfect Smile Spa, we understand the importance of having confidence in your teeth with a perfect smile. This is why we provide a variety of tooth replacement treatments with 0% finance and affordable monthly payment options.
Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.