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Missing Teeth

If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be finding it hard to enjoy your favourite foods.

Furthermore, you might feel self-conscious about laughing, smiling or speaking in public.

Fortunately, there are several options available to replace missing teeth and restore the natural look and function of your teeth.

Which treatment will work best for you depends on several factors, including how many teeth you are missing and the stability of your gums, jaw, and remaining teeth?

The dental and healthcare professionals at Mint Dental Clinic can guide what you can do to replace missing teeth in your specific case.

Contact us or book an appointment online.

Why should I replace my missing teeth?

Besides giving you a reason to smile again, replacing missing teeth enables you to regain your self-confidence, improves your smile, allows you to enjoy an active lifestyle, restores facial structure and helps you recover a youthful appearance.

Tooth loss causes the bone in your jaw to change shape and, eventually, break down.

These changes may encourage your remaining teeth to shift out of alignment, leading to problems with your bite.

Also, the loss of bone tissue can pose a risk to neighbouring teeth and may lead to further tooth loss.

If you don’t replace a missing tooth, the underlying bone will begin to recede, adversely affecting your facial structure and giving you an aged appearance.

Bone recession can create complications for patients who request dental implants in the future.

If bone density is poor, the jaw won’t be able to support an implant.

What is a dental bridge?

Bridges replace sections of missing teeth and help to support remaining teeth and keep them in their proper position.

Bridges are a long-term solution that can help prevent the cycle of problems that occur when just one tooth is missing, such as shifting and drifting of remaining teeth.

Unlike dentures, a bridge is not removable, giving increased support and stability within the mouth.

When a missing tooth or teeth are replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the gap must be crowned to serve as reinforced anchors to hold the bridge in place.

Like dentures, we can also use dental implants to secure a bridge.

An implant-retained bridge is preferable for many patients as it eliminates the need for the dentist to fit crowns to the adjacent teeth.

What are dental implants?

If missing a tooth or teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for high-tech dental implants! Implants involve placing a titanium screw into the jawbone under a local anaesthetic.

As the gums and jaw bone heals, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone, securing it firmly. Once the implant is stable, your dentist will fit a dental crown that looks and feels just like a natural tooth.

This option effectively restores your teeth’ aesthetic look and functionality without negatively impacting your remaining natural teeth.

Implants are highly durable and can last for over 20 years with the proper care.

Dental implants also help prevent and reverse the effects of bone recession in the jaw.

We can use dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. With an All-on-Four or All-on-Six procedure, we can even replace full arches of teeth with prosthetics within a single appointment, using only a handful of implants.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

As with any dental or medical procedure, dental implants have a compromised success rate in some patients. Some reasons to exclude dental implants as a treatment option are insufficient bone structure, a vital anatomical structure near the implant site and a still-growing face and mouth.

Certain health conditions like diabetes, chronic sinus issues, and osteoporosis can interfere with the integration of bone to the implant.

To find out if you are a candidate, your dentist will have to evaluate your medical history, conduct a dental exam and perform x-rays to help establish the quality and the density of your jaw bone.

Is the procedure uncomfortable?

Dental implant surgeries are typically performed under local anaesthesia. Patients may experience some post-operative swelling and residual discomfort, which can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.

How long does the dental implant process take?

The dental implant process can take anywhere from 3 to 9 months, from evaluation to fit the crown.

Candidates for implant dentistry should understand that dental treatment can be a lengthy process.

Treatment plans can vary from patient to patient, and the best way to learn about your case is to book a consultation on 020 7928 4474 with our dental team.

Can I get a dental implant immediately after an extraction?

Dentists typically wait three months after extracting a tooth before placing an implant.

However, single-tooth immediate implants are an option for some patients, usually when the tooth is lost by trauma, teeth with root canal failure and teeth that are condemned due to fracture.

The procedure is only recommended for patients with the suitable bone quality to ensure proper integration of the implant with your bone and a beautiful smile.

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