Missing Teeth London

Missing Teeth – What You Might Not Know!

As dentists, who work with missing teeth daily, we know a thing or two about the problems missing can cause when patients ignore them far for too long.

Albeit impacting your confidence, missing teeth not caused by genetics, but rather lost to gum disease and decay can cause several negative effects, which threaten further tooth and bone loss.

You Have to Think About the Future Now

We’re not trying to scare you but rather inform patients with missing teeth to get their teeth fixed now rather than later. When teeth have been missing for more than six months, the bone in the jaw begins to break down, causing other remaining teeth to become unstable and wobbly.

Negative effects are often felt later down the line, but patients wishing to replace gaps in their mouth in the future, will find it more challenging to do so, as well as more expensive – this is because bone in the jaw does not grow back, and you will likely require grafting treatments should you wish to be a suitable implant candidate in the future.

Consequences

When patients do not replace missing teeth – and we’re not referring to purely aesthetic fixes, they can be at risk of greater oral health consequences and conditions like gum disease, bone depletion, edentulism and more.

Therefore, replacing missing teeth with devices like dental implants that replace the tooth’s root will be essential for preventing consequences like rapid bone loss, facial sagging, and tooth movement.

Missing a back tooth?

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You might not think much of it because you’re missing a molar hidden in the back, but rather than for aesthetic purposes, replacing a missing back tooth is just as essential as replacing one lost in the front. The viewpoint is still the same: missing a tooth, even in the back, can cause severe and even permanent damage to your smile, which will require extensive surgery and repair costs.

Just like plants grow towards sunlight, natural teeth will shift into the empty space caused by a missing tooth, causing misalignment and occlusion issues and increasing your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

The only option you should consider replacing missing teeth is with dental implants

Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth.

Once positioned, an implant dentist will mount new replacement teeth, typically a crown, to complete the restoration.

In a consultation, our leading implant dentist, Dr James Kleiber, can walk you through all your available options to replace missing teeth using dental implants.

We offer several different types to target different types of tooth loss.

For example, if you’re experiencing total tooth loss in one of your jaws, we can use only four implants to replace an entire arch of missing teeth in one day by bridging the final restoration together.

We are conveniently located in walking distance of Bank and Liverpool Stations. We are based at 14 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HE. Directions.

Conventional treatments won’t help

Patients understandably opt for missing teeth treatments like dental bridges or dentures during this time. However, whilst these treatments may not appear to be the most aesthetically pleasing, they are purely cosmetic.

Whilst they help restore function to help you eat and speak, these traditional devices do nothing to improve your oral health and prevent bone loss.

If anything, in the example of dental bridges, devices like this tend to do more harm as they require other healthy adjacent teeth to be filed down, thus weakening them, too.

Dental implants are the only prosthetics that preserve the jawbone and do not rely on other existing teeth for their stability or success.

Hence, they come at a higher cost because they do more for your smile throughout your lifetime and last up to 30 years or more with the right care, which is considered a permanent solution.

The cost to replace missing teeth

Or if you have one missing tooth, we can use single implants costing £1,520, which includes the implant, abutment, and crown.

  • Multiple implants: From £5,740
  • Implant-supported bridges: From £2,500
  • Implant-retained dentures: From £5,000

Alternative treatments and cost

  • Dental bridges: From £800
  • Partial dentures (acrylic): From £400
  • Full dentures (acrylic): From £850
  • Cobalt chrome dentures: From £1,200