Losing a tooth and failing to have it replace can risk your oral health. Gaps lead to more space and affect the straightness of your teeth and potentially your bite. This can increase your risk of dental decay as the teeth become more difficult to clean, and can even result in further tooth loss.
When several or all the teeth are missing from one or both jaws, your diet is likely to be restricted to soft foods or liquids, making it harder to obtain good nutrition. Your speech may also be affected, not to mention your self-confidence.
If you have missing teeth, dental implants can help. At The Mall, we can replace one missing tooth with a single implant and a crown, whilst in the case of multiple or all missing teeth, a series of implants and an implant-retained bridge is often the best option. We use the latest 3D software here at The Mall Dental to carefully design your implants.
On occasion, we may attach temporary teeth to fill the gap whilst waiting for your implants, which do not affect the straightness of your teeth and actually prevent your teeth from moving out of line any further. We use a local anaesthetic for this quite basic procedure, but we do also offer sedation for our anxious patients, to ease their nerves around the procedure and make it as relaxed an experience as possible.
It is also possible to stabilise dentures using dental implants. Common denture woes can be resolved, including issues with eating and speaking as false teeth become loose and uncomfortable over time, along with damage to your confidence worrying that your denture could fall out.
Because dentures only replace the crowns of the teeth, they do nothing to stop the jaw bone shrinking – a frequently occurring side-effect of multiple missing teeth. Dental implants help to stop this because they actively promote bone growth. Dental implants can also reduce teeth grinding (bruxism).