Do I need to replace my missing tooth?
If you have a missing tooth, it might cause more problems than just how it affects your appearance. What many people do not realise is that a missing tooth often causes a chain reaction of oral health issues that cause increased expenses and time in the dental chair.
Bone loss – When you lose a tooth, the bone beneath begins to recede, as it is no longer needed to hold a tooth in place. Bone loss destabilises the foundation of your teeth and can lead to additional tooth loss and a sunken, aged appearance to the face.
Bite issues – Along with bone loss, the remaining teeth around the gap in your smile will begin to tilt and shift, causing misalignment and poor occlusion – a bad bite. When teeth tilt, the roots can become exposed and feel sensitive and will also be more likely to develop decay.
Replacing a missing tooth can prevent many of the issues that tooth loss causes. Dental implants are almost like having your natural tooth again. We also provide high-quality and aesthetic dentures, partial dentures and dental bridges to meet the needs of our patients.
Filling the gap left by a missing tooth will often make it easier to eat and speak – it certainly makes it more fun to smile.