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Missing Teeth

Dental patient with missing front teethLosing one or more of your natural teeth can occur for various reasons.

Missing teeth not only affects your smile but can also cause dental problems if left untreated.

Discover what are the most common causes of missing teeth and how 33 Dental Practice can help you get back to restored confidence in your smile. 

What Causes Teeth to Become Missing?

There are several potential causes of missing teeth:

  • Tooth decay – Cavities and dental infections can damage teeth beyond repair, requiring extraction.
  • Gum disease – Advanced periodontal disease damages the bones and tissues supporting teeth, leading to tooth loss.
  • Injury or trauma – Knocked out, broken or fractured teeth often cannot be saved and need removal.
  • Congenitally missing teeth – Some people are born without certain permanent teeth due to genetic factors.
  • Bone loss – Severe bone loss in the jaw due to disease or injury can cause teeth to become loose and require extraction

How Does Missing One Tooth Affect You?

When you lose a single tooth, the surrounding teeth can begin to shift position over time. This can alter your bite alignment and put added pressure on the neighbouring teeth. A gap from a missing tooth also allows food to become trapped, making plaque build-up and decay more likely in the area. For a single missing tooth, options like dental bridges or implants can help prevent these issues.

What If You Are Missing Multiple Teeth?

Losing several teeth or even a whole set has a greater impact on your oral health. Without replacements, missing teeth cause the remaining natural teeth to drift and loosen. This makes them more prone to problems like decay, erosion and breakage. You are also more likely to develop bite issues and experience reduced chewing ability. Replacing multiple missing teeth aims to prevent this damage and restore dental function. Removable partial dentures and dental bridges are common solutions when multiple teeth are missing.

What Are the Options for Replacing Missing Teeth?

Today there are several tooth replacement options to consider:

  • Dental implant – An artificial tooth root and crown that fuses to your jawbone. Implants help prevent bone loss and are the most durable and natural-looking option.
  • Dental bridge – False teeth fused between two crowns cemented onto surrounding natural teeth. Bridges close a gap from one or more missing teeth.
  • Removable partial denture – Replacement teeth on an Acrylic or Metal base that clips onto remaining natural teeth. Used to replace several missing teeth.
  • Complete dentures – A removable set of artificial teeth that fits over your gums to replace a whole set of missing teeth.

Our dentists will discuss the best tooth replacement solutions for your unique case. Call today to schedule a consultation.

How Soon Should You Replace Missing Teeth?

It’s best to replace missing teeth as soon as possible to prevent oral health problems. The longer you wait, the more the surrounding teeth drift and bone tissue deteriorates. This can limit your options, so prompt tooth replacement helps retain your oral structure. Planning implant placement before too much bone loss occurs is also optimal for stability. Book an appointment to evaluate your treatment timeline.

Replacing lost teeth is crucial for both smile aesthetics and long-term dental wellbeing. Our experienced dentists are here to guide you through all replacement options to find the right solutions for your missing teeth. Contact us today to start your treatment journey.

Caring for Replacement Teeth

Once you have replacements like dental implants, bridges or dentures, it’s important to properly care for them. This helps ensure your restored smile functions well and lasts long-term.

For bridges and implants, brush and floss daily to remove plaque that causes decay and gum disease. See your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and monitoring. Avoid chewing hard foods which could damage bridge work.

With removable partial or complete dentures, brush the appliance daily with a denture-specific cleaner. Remove and soak dentures overnight. Have your dentist evaluate the fit during oral exams, as ill-fitting dentures can cause soreness and bone loss over time.

Replacement teeth require vigilant at-home care and continued dental visits. Maintain your restored smile by practising good oral hygiene and avoiding damage. Speak to our dentists about specific instructions for caring for your tooth replacements.

If you’re missing teeth, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at 33 Dental. We’re dedicated to providing the most professional and comforting service that ensures you receive the highest quality care in a warm and friendly environment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards achieving a healthy, beautiful smile.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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