Common missing tooth replacement questions

Do I have to replace missing teeth?
The simple answer is no, however you might find that with a missing tooth your bite, chewing ability and cosmetic look is compromised.
Can having a missing tooth cause problems?
Yes. Your teeth are all in fine balance with one another, if the truth is removed that balance can be affected and teeth can start to drift. Teeth either side of the missing tooth can tip into the gap and teeth on the opposing jaw can begin to over erupt. Over time this drifting and over erupting of teeth can affect the way your teeth meet which ultimately may affect your bite, chewing ability and could even lead to things like headaches.

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What options do I have to replace missing teeth?
You typically have three options to replace a missing tooth:

Use of Dental Implants

Dental implants can be used for a variety of reasons and are often the treatment of choice.

Dental implants have a wide range of uses that go far beyond replacing missing teeth. They are often the healthiest option as they prevent further problems from occurring.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are amazingly natural looking replacements that feel as strong and comfortable as your own teeth. Contact our St John's Wood Clinic today.

Dental bridges

Bridges are a permanent and realistic looking way of filling a gap between teeth caused by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a false tooth which is held in place by the teeth next to it. In most cases they are all ceramic.

Nervous patients

Not everyone enjoys going to the dentist but we try to make your visit as pleasant and relaxing as possible. We have created a comfortable waiting area with refreshments available, a selection of newspapers and magazines to help you relax.

Implants Abroad

It has become quite a common theme for people looking to replace missing teeth at a lower cost. This is, of course an understandable thing to do and so we thought we would write this blog post explaining some of the advantages, pitfalls and things to watch out for if you decide to travel abroad for dental treatments.

What options are there to replace a missing tooth after an extraction?

Our firm advice is to consider how you will replace the missing tooth BEFORE the tooth is extracted. You should discuss with your dentist how you wish to restore your smile once the tooth has been removed. This is because it is possible to immediately place a dental implant into the socket as soon as the tooth has been extracted, however this needs careful planning and cannot be decided on the day. This has the distinct advantage of supporting the bone around the extraction site meaning you get less bone resorption and a far more predictable cosmetic result once the implant is replaced.

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