Missing teeth can seriously affect your dental health if gone untreated. If a tooth and its root are lost, your jaw bone risks bone loss overtime. Your neighbouring teeth can also begin to move which in some circumstances, sparks a chain reaction, leading to jaw ache, headaches and neck ache. More serious complications that can occur if missing teeth are not replaced, are heart complications and difficulty with breathing.
Missing teeth create gaps in which food and bacteria can become lodged, becoming a breeding ground for tooth decay and gum disease. Other less severe problems are problems chewing your food, which can in turn, lead to poor digestion. Missing teeth are also a contributor to sleep apnoea and poor breathing.
Self confidence issues
Missing teeth are a great source of worry for many, affecting self-confidence and preventing people from smiling as much as they would like to.
When do you need dental implants?
- Dead teeth – Plaque is a biofilm that builds up on your teeth when it is not washed away by saliva or regularly brushed away with a toothbrush. The bacteria (plaque and tartar) transforms the starch and sugar into acids, which then have a poor affect on your tooth and the enamel coating it. Eventually, your tooth will not be able to support itself and it will die.
- Inflamed gums – Tissue and ligaments make up your gums, which are a protective shield for your tooth roots. When the bacteria causes the gums to inflame, the ligaments begin to waste away and the bone around the tooth begins to wear away.
Dental implants support several dental restorations
- Single tooth replacements. This is where one implant and a crown are used to replace a single missing tooth .
- multiple tooth replacements. multiple missing teeth can be used to replace with multiple implants supporting fixed bridgework.
- Over dentures – two or more implants offer stabilisation of a denture . These are used as a method for those who have lost all their teeth.
- Temporary bridgework – micro-mini implants which are removed later when the permanent implants are healed and teeth permanently replaced
The result of dental implants and replacing missing teeth
80% of people who get dental implants report improvements with their eating habits and self- confidence as well as reporting that they felt their new implants were an integral part of their body and not a synthetic extension.
If you would like further information about dental implants at Cornerhouse, please do not hesitate to contact us.