Replacing your tooth or teeth can help to enhance your smile - and your confidence. It may also improve how you chew and speak. There are a number of ways missing teeth can be restored. These include dental implants, mini implants, fixed bridges, removable or implant dentures. Talk with your dentist about the options available.
If you need to replace a single tooth or if you’re missing several teeth in different areas of your mouth, a dental implant might be the right option for you. It provides a permanent base for a replacement tooth.
With this treatment, an implant or screw is surgically placed into your jaw and a replacement crown is placed on top of the implant. It looks like a natural tooth and can last for many years. An implant shouldn’t affect any of the surrounding teeth.
While regular dentures rest on the gums, implant dentures are replacement teeth that are supported by - and attached to - implants in your jaw. This treatment is used if there aren’t any teeth in the jaw but there is enough bone in the jaw to support the implants.
If you’re missing one or more teeth in the same area, a fixed bridge might work for you. As the name suggests, this solution bridges a gap from a missing tooth.
An artificial tooth is supported by the surrounding natural teeth and bonded to these with dental cement. A dental bridge looks and feels like natural teeth.
When you book at one of our dental practices to discuss a missing tooth or teeth, you want to get it sorted quickly and understand your options. That’s understandable. It’s useful to think ahead about what your dentist will need to know to asses and treat your situation.
Generally your dentist will ask you about your medical history and then thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, gums, jaw, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose and neck. You may also need an x-ray, depending on your situation.
Your dentist may ask you some questions about your missing tooth such as:
Think about your answers to these questions before your appointment. Being prepared can speed up the diagnosis.