There are many conditions and afflictions that can affect the teeth such as tooth decay and gum disease. If these conditions are allowed to worsen without treatment they will very often result in the death of the dental nerve and the ultimate loss of the tooth. Teeth can also be lost to dental trauma such as a motor vehicle accident or sporting injury.
Not only do missing teeth spoil the aesthetic appearance of the smile but they can also be responsible for many further dental problems. This is because missing teeth can allow more bacteria to develop in the hollows left by lost teeth. These spaces in the dental arc can also allow teeth to rotate and lean changing the alignment. This can cause problems with the occlusion or bite and lead to muscular problems and TMJ.
For these reasons, London W1 dentists always recommend that you should try and replace the missing teeth as soon as possible. There are a number of ways of doing this that include using a dental bridge, partial denture or dental implant.
Dental bridges involve filling the gap left by a missing tooth with an artificial tooth supported by two crowns, thus bridging the gap. Partial dentures are artificial teeth attached to a plate which fits into the palate. However, perhaps the most successful and popular dental replacement is a dental implant. This involves implanting a small titanium screw into the jawbone to act as a base for a replacement teeth. Dental implants are both very realistic and more solid than other dental restorations although they are also more expensive. Find out more about missing teeth and how to replace them at your next check up appointment.