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Consequences of Missing Teeth

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  • Six months to bone loss
  • Increased risk of gum disease
  • Likelihood of further tooth loss
  • Bone grafts might be required for implants

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The biggest consequences

Missing teeth can cause problems when eating, chewing or talking and look unsightly. More than this, tooth loss can be embarrassing for many, developing insecurities and low self-esteem around their smile.

But that’s not all missing teeth can affect – in the long run, missing teeth can affect the rest of your mouth and disturb its structure. What goes on under the surface often causes the most concern.

Sometimes, it can be easy to ignore or not worry about a missing tooth, especially if it’s located in the rear of the mouth. But we wouldn’t be dentists if we didn’t warn you of the consequences of missing teeth and what happens when you ignore them for too long.

Why bone loss is bad

A serious problem that poses risks to surrounding teeth, bone loss, has been recorded as soon as six months in some cases, and once it’s gone, it cannot grow back. 

Simultaneously, if you suffer from gum disease, another consequence of missing teeth, it can cause your jawbone to deteriorate further, removing vital support that can lead to tooth loss.  

Bone loss can also limit your treatment options later, for example, if you wish to opt for dental implants over traditional tooth replacement methods. As dental implants are implanted into the jawbone to secure your fake tooth permanently, they need bone to stay firmly in place. 

The only way to make this possible is to have a bone graft before placement, which will be an additional cost of around £950.

You might consider replacing your missing tooth or teeth with prosthetic fake teeth devices like dentures or dental bridges.

However, whilst they can aesthetically somewhat solve the problem, they do not replace the tooth root, which means they cannot prevent bone loss but rather aid the process.

Dental implants are the only missing tooth solution that replaces tooth roots and, in turn, stops the bone from deteriorating. Lasting up to 30 years, dental implants prevent all the common consequences of missing teeth. They are the best option to replace teeth for good.

Dentures have long seemed the only option for missing teeth. However, due to continual reduction in bone loss, dentures become looser over time, causing more slippages and further discomfort.

With dental implants, we can create a more stable, comfortable, and permanent smile that will serve you for a lifetime.

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Tooth loss also causes other teeth to move

When there’s a gap in the mouth caused by tooth loss, it’s common for the remaining teeth near the gap to shift and move to fill the space.

Then, when eating, additional pressure is passed onto the remaining teeth, which might make them more prone to problems like fractures, breaks and cracks.

Sudden tooth shifting is more common after molar extraction, as there is a large gap in the smile for teeth to migrate to. 

  1. A missing tooth in the back of the mouth (molar) causes chewing problems that add more pressure or force to the remaining teeth, causing them to crack or weaken.
  2. Untreated, missing teeth must overcompensate for the lost tooth, leading to tooth wear and fractures of the neighbouring teeth.
  3. Missing front teeth impair and alter speech.
  4. Surrounding bone in the jaw will begin to deplete. As bone does not regrow or regenerate, this makes you a complex case if you decide to pursue implant treatments in the future.
  5. A lost tooth causes teeth to drift out of position. This movement will cause gaps between teeth and lead to plaque and tartar growing and developing into gum disease (an infection of the gums that cannot be cured easily, if at all).

If you didn’t have gum disease before, you might have it now

Even a single gap in the teeth increases the chances of gum disease, which might even develop into gum recession later.

When teeth are missing, the gum is more exposed to debris, which can inflame the gum and put your oral health and hygiene at risk.

As gum disease is also a trigger for bone loss, having the two existing problems in some situations advances the resorption of bone, increasing your chances of losing more teeth.

How much does it cost to replace a missing tooth?

As pointed out above, tooth loss can hugely impact your life, from changing how you eat to how you talk to how your mouth moves.

A single dental implant costs £2,500. If patients have more than one missing tooth and need to replace, say perhaps, three to five missing teeth, you can expect to pay around £2,000 for an implant-supported bridge. Patients missing a full set of teeth can pay from £4,900 for implant-retained dentures that are removable or with All-on-4 from £16,000, which is fixed.

Dental finance is available – featuring 0% interest-free credit for the first 12 months, which means you can pay monthly for your treatment. If you are paying for your treatment without finance, you can expect to pay 50% upfront and the remaining 50% three months after your implants have healed, and we can place the final restoration. 

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Christina J
Christina J
23. March, 2023.
I've been receiving orthodontic treatment for about a year now with Dr. Ines and she's a wonderful mixture of highly skilled and professional, very thorough, and gentle in her approach. She is also super personable and I always look forward to my monthly appointments with her. She's made such a big improvement to my teeth and I'm very happy with my treatment so far -- I highly recommend Dr. Ines. I've also had other treatments with Maida Smiles and always had a great experience, especially with my wisdom teeth removal (by Dr. Pedro) that went very smoothly without any issues. The team's treatment coordinator/dentist nurse Cinthia is also always super kind and helpful if you have any questions or want to understand treatments.
Angelica Sacrepaye
Angelica Sacrepaye
15. March, 2023.
I had the lovely Dr Shankar for a 4 month Invisalign treatment. I mainly had overcrowding that needed sorting out after having had braces as a teenager and not wearing my retainer. Dr Shankar was delightful and has a lovely energy about him that made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. He explained processes well and also gave good advice to help me make informed decisions. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone in the Maida Vale area!
George Batchkala
George Batchkala
14. March, 2023.
I had 2 wisdom teeth (on the same side) removed by Dr Pedro. I had a much better experience than I expected. One month later, I have completely recovered without any complications. Absolutely recommend!
André Tiago
André Tiago
3. March, 2023.
I was recommended to start my treatment at the clinic and I couldn't be more pleased. It has been 6 months since I put my braces on and I am being followed by Dr. Ines and Dr. Cíntia. I can already see great changes and can't wait for the final result. Excellent professionals. The whole environment is very calm which makes you comfortable. 100% recommend Maida Smiles Clinic.
Claudia Castellani
Claudia Castellani
3. March, 2023.
Following a friend’s recommendation, I brought my eldest daughter to Dr Ines do Carmo for orthodontic treatment. Ines has been brilliant throughout the treatment; she is incredibly passionate about her work and this is reflected in her skilled perfectionism and the amazing results she achieves for her patients. From the start, Ines’ warm and friendly manner succeeded in putting my apprehensive daughter at ease. She was also forthcoming and thorough in her explanations of the treatment, and happy to share her extensive knowledge. My daughter now has an even lovelier smile thanks to Ines. I highly recommend her and will be bringing my younger children to her for their orthodontic treatment.
Carla Parreira
Carla Parreira
3. March, 2023.
It was my first time in the clinic and I had a great experience. The staff is very friendly. Samantha was very helpful with booking the appointment and fast replied to my messages. I had an appointment with Dr. Ines do Carmo. She is lovely. She explained all the treatment and the best option for my case. Cintia was helping Dr. Ines with the appointment. Cintia is very friendly. Dr. Ines and Cintia took care of me and made me feel welcome during the consultation. I will continue my treatment in the clinic. I recommend the clinic and especially Dr. Ines do Carmo.
Maria Moreira
Maria Moreira
2. March, 2023.
It is my good fortune to have found Dra inês at Maida Smiles Clinic and to have her as my orthodontist. My complex orthodontic treatment, as an adult, defies all laws of physics, but Dra Inês has the most amazing professional expertise and compassion to help and change lives, and she is helping me massively. In each consultation, Dra Inês moves one-step forward to improve my bite, my oral health in general and my smile! I will be forever grateful to Dra Inês for her outstanding care, professionalism and support she provides in each visit, in such a caring and friendly way. I warmly recommend Dra Inês and Maida Smiles Clinic to anyone who os considering orthodontics.
Adrian de Haro
Adrian de Haro
1. March, 2023.
We were on a short trip to London and my wife's implant got loose. We called Maida Smiles and they immediately saw her. They kindly sorted the issue out and my wife was extremely satisfied with the kind, friendly and professional service. Thanks Dr Pedro.
Igor Zinatulin
Igor Zinatulin
26. February, 2023.
I can’t thank enough Dr Pedro Gutierres and Maida Smiles’ team for guiding me through a multiple teeth extraction operation I had at the clinic recently. I’m a very anxious patient and everyone at Maida Smiles went above and beyond to accommodate my questions, asks and concerns. The operation itself was painless and positively uneventful, healing was quick and after-care second to none. Never thought I’d say this to myself but I’m looking forward to my next dentist appointment at Maida Smiles.

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