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.
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.
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.
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.
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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