What are the effects of missing teeth?
- Your appearance
- Less one tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth at either side.
- A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together.
- This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
How are missing teeth replaced?
This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in the mouth. The condition of the other teeth also affects the decision.
There are three main ways to replace the missing teeth.
The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth – a partial denture.
The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace.
The third way is to place a tooth Implant – Dental Implants
Remember that it’s as important to care for your remaining teeth as it is to replace the missing ones.