Options For Missing Teeth At Arnold Dental
Have you got a missing tooth, or several missing teeth? Do you have an entire set of teeth missing? Are all your teeth missing? Whatever your circumstances, don’t worry – our expert dentists here in Nottingham can help restore you smile to its former glory. Today, we’ll reveal treatment options in the case of missing teeth.
So, how can I replace my tooth?
There are a few options you could try, and it really depends on which teeth you have missing – and where. For example, a single tooth could be replaced with a single dental implant (a kind of ‘false tooth’ that’s made of metal and ceramic, and rooted into your gum). Those with several missing teeth could try a dental bridge, where a false tooth is flanked by two tooth caps that fit over your natural teeth. Finally, missing teeth can be replaced with dentures or dental implants.
What are dental implants and how do they work?
These are ceramic teeth with aluminium roots. A small incision is made in the gums, the root is inserted, and once it’s healed, the ceramic tooth (a crown) is placed. Dental implants have been used for years and are known for being a permanent, fixed solution to tooth loss.
What are dentures and how do they work?
These are sets of false teeth that can be fixed to the gums and mouth using a safe adhesive. Dentures are incredibly realistic and can be a more affordable choice than dental implants, however they can feel less secure in the mouth and for that reason, some patients find them a more self-conscious option.
Can you have both dental implants and dentures?
It depends on your unique situation, but it might be possible.
Why do people lose their teeth?
It can be down to accident or injury, cases of gum disease (which has eroded the gums and loosened the teeth), or poor dental care (where the teeth have been affected by dental cavities). With tooth implants, you can restore your smile permanently.
What happens if I don’t replace my missing teeth?
If you have a single missing tooth, you might not notice any ill effects other than your teeth perhaps spacing out slightly more in your mouth due to the extra space. Several missing teeth, though, can start to weaken the underlying gum and jaw bone – the equivalent of muscle wastage, because they aren’t being used. If you’re anxious about tooth loss and want to talk through your options, we can help.