Missing Teeth

If you have a missing tooth or teeth it is possible to leave a gap, however there are good reasons to replace a missing tooth:

  • When a tooth is lost, the tooth that it used to bite against in the opposite jaw can grow outwards into a new position, and the teeth either side of the gap can tilt or drift into a new position. These new positions of teeth can cause new undesirable collisions between teeth when chewing and grinding that can lead to problems.
  • When a tooth is missing, the other teeth close by then have to share the extra load, making it more likely for the remaining teeth to chip or fracture.
  • Having more teeth allows for better chewing and food being better broken down. Chewing is the important first step of digestion and extracting the nutrients from food
  • Of course there is also the cosmetic benefit of replacing a missing tooth – being able to smile and laugh without a dark gap being seen.

What are the effects of losing teeth?

Treatments for missing teeth

Below are the three methods available to replace missing teeth. Your dentist will advise you which of these options is more appropriate for you.