One missing tooth. What’s the problem?
A single missing tooth may not appear to be such a big problem. And, compared to having a whole set of missing or terminal teeth, it won’t impact your daily life as much. But there are a few reasons to speak to your dentist at Complete Implant and Sedation Dentistry, even if you only have one missing tooth.
What are the consequences of not replacing a missing tooth?
- The new situation can change the alignment of adjacent teeth
- The empty spot affects your gum shape and bone mass in the jaw.
- The lost tooth can affect the quality of your bite
- It puts extra pressure on any vulnerable nearby teeth
- It may affect your smile and confidence
Even if a single missing tooth doesn’t feel like a big problem for your oral health, taking preventative action to minimise any issues later down the track will not only save you time and money but also ensure optimal health of your remaining teeth.
What can I do to replace
a missing tooth?
There are a number of options to replace a single missing tooth, with the procedures being minimally invasive. Your team of dentists will always start with a thorough assessment of your oral health and will discuss your preferences, concerns and the available treatment options, to determine the best possible treatment plan.
At Complete Implant and Sedation Dentistry, our team has a particular expertise in the field of implantology, performing dental implant procedures on a daily basis. You will also be given the option to include IV sedation (sleep dentistry) as part of your treatment plan if fear and anxiety associated with your treatment is a concern. Our team have successfully administered over 3500 sedations in the past 10 years so you can rest assured you are in very experienced and safe hands.
Why would I replace a missing tooth?
A single missing tooth can cause a number of consequences for your oral health. That’s because the bone density in your jaw bone is maintained by pressure. With your own natural teeth, each time you chew, the tooth stimulates the bone, and it’s this pressure that helps maintain bone mass. If a tooth is missing, the bone mass below starts to shrink away. Over time, if you don’t replace the missing tooth, it may contribute to an effect known as the “collapsing” of the face.
A dental bridge or a dental implant?
If you just have the one tooth missing, you may chose to replace it with a dental bridge. It uses nearby teeth as an anchor point, requires cutting back of the adjacent tooth, and it can sometimes attract decay over time, if these teeth are not cleaned and cared for properly.
This is one of the factors we discuss when we talk about alternative treatment options for a missing tooth, such as dental implants. With this treatment option, you get a permanent new tooth held in place by a titanium fixture. It acts as a foundation for replacing the missing tooth, and this means that the new tooth does not need to be attached to the adjacent teeth.
When we discuss your treatment plan, we will clearly explain the pros and cons of each decision and make sure you get a full understanding of what can be done to replace your tooth.
About dental implants and Complete Implant & Sedation Dentistry
Dental implants are a particular interest of our team. Our principal, Dr Misagh Habibi, is an educator and researcher in the field of Implantology and also leads the team at Perth’s official All On 4 Clinic. All On 4 is a full mouth replacement implant technique where our patients can get an immediate fixed set of new teeth in just 3-4 days.
Complete Implant and Sedation Dentistry is a state-of-the-art dental center in Subiaco, with a team of friendly and highly qualified dentists. We have great expertise and experience in many surgical dental procedures including dental implants. Our team also includes 2 dental sedation practitioners, a GP anaesthetist and a registered nurse experienced in anaesthesia.
We encourage you to take care of your missing teeth and seek advice from our highly skilled team today.
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