I have a Missing Tooth – What should I do?

Teeth can be lost or damaged for a variety of reasons, and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that Australian adults are missing an average of 4.5 teeth. Whether you have lost a tooth (or teeth) due to the effects of decay, facial trauma or gum disease, it is important to address the problem early. Most patients opt for dental implants, which are the most durable and natural looking tooth replacement option. If you have a missing tooth, here are a few top reasons to book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.  

The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth 

Whilst aesthetic concerns are a top reason for tooth replacement, it is also important to consider the adverse effects on your long term oral health. Healthy teeth are firmly affixed to the jawbone, and failing to replace a missing tooth may lead to bone loss. You may start to notice changes in your facial appearance, and the jaw will continue to weaken with time. Additionally, any neighbouring teeth will be at a greater risk of damage and decay. Changes to your bite may occur as the teeth begin to shift into the empty space.  

If you have a missing tooth, you are likely also aware of the impact this has on your ability to chew and enjoy your favourite foods. Visiting your dentist to discuss tooth replacement options is a wise choice, as this will enable you to maintain a glowing smile and good oral health into the future.  

How Can Dental Implants Benefit Me? 

 Glowing Smiles dental have a wealth of experience with dental implants, and patients who opt for this tooth replacement option enjoy:  

  • Improved Self Confidence – They say that a smile is worth a thousand words, and the absence of a tooth can mean your self confidence takes a hit. This can have flow on affects within your personal and work life. Replacing the missing tooth will instantly transform your appearance and boost your self confidence, giving you a complete smile which you can feel proud to show off. 
  • Improved Oral Health Outcomes – Having a missing tooth can make it difficult to eat, contribute to bone loss and increase the risk of damage to neighbouring teeth. Replacing the missing tooth will allow you to maintain good oral health into the future.  
  • Comfort – The gap left behind following the loss of a tooth can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Following dental implants, you can return to your usual diet and enjoy the comfortable feeling of a complete smile.  

What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve? 

Your dentist will firstly need to confirm your suitability for dental implants. In order for the osseointegration process to be successful, you will need to have a healthy jawbone and gums.  

The procedure for getting dental implants can take up to 9 months, and will require multiple dentist visits throughout this period. In the initial stages, CT scans and X-rays will be taken. Once optimal placement of the implant has been determined, it will be fitted to the jawbone. You will then need to allow up to 6 months for the osseointegration process and healing. The dental abutment can then be placed, and a mould of your mouth will be taken. A dental crown will then be prepared and fixed to the implant, concluding the process and restoring a complete smile.  

You can expect dental implants to last up to 25 years, although it is possible for them to last a lifetime providing you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups.  

Restore a Complete Smile – Contact Glowing Smiles Dental Today 

Losing a tooth isn’t the end of the world. Take the first step towards restoring your smile and book an appointment at Glowing Smiles Dental to learn more about the treatment options available. We look forward to seeing you soon.