It can be truly distressing when a tooth is lost; whether it’s because of playing sport, a fall, tooth decay, an accident or other reasons. In these instances, replacing teeth may be the best option but only a qualified dentist can provide the right advice as to whether you can keep your damaged teeth or whether you do need a dental solution for replacing missing teeth. Hawthorn East Dental are known for exceptional care and quality dentistry provided by our trusted team of dentists.
What You Might Not Know About the Impact of Replacing Teeth
Replacing missing teeth has more than one benefit. Studies have shown the importance of a smile and the perception others have of you based on your healthy smile. During social interactions with others, the eyes and mouth are the focus so it’s fair to say that your smile is a critical aspect of your appearance.
This also highlights the importance for you to be able to smile openly and freely without feeling ashamed of your smile or teeth. If you are missing teeth, you may not be currently smiling openly or showing your teeth which is not good for your well-being. Further, studies indicate that being unable to smile has a detrimental impact on your own self-esteem and confidence.
Having missing teeth goes beyond just a ‘spot to fill’ as it can lead to loss of jaw bone and facial tissue support. It’s important to get it seen to ensure there is no permanent damage.
Options for Replacing Missing Teeth
- Dental Implants
- Porcelain Bridge
If your tooth is chipped or damaged then the above options may not be appropriate and we will discuss the dental cosmetic option of dental veneers.
Just imagine how great it would feel to smile, laugh and interact without even thinking about it. Our qualified dentists are here to help you get your confident smile back.
Dental Implants for Replacing Teeth
Dental implants have been used for over two thousand years and fortunately they have evolved from primitive bamboo pegs to aesthetically appealing, natural looking prosthetics.
Over the past 30 years or so modern dental implants have been used successfully for replacing missing teeth and restoring smiles. They are a popular option for replacing teeth as you can eat, laugh, talk and speak easily as if you had a natural tooth in your mouth.
Dental implants have two parts; one part that sits in the gum as the anchor, and the replacement tooth that screws into the anchor. Dental implants are long lasting and a great option for replacing missing teeth.
Porcelain Bridge for Replacing Teeth
Similar to dental implants, dental bridges have been around for many years and have evolved into a great modern option. A bridge spans the space of where the tooth or teeth are missing. A replacement tooth sits where there is a gap and the bridge attaches to the teeth either side so it provide normal oral functions such as biting, talking, chewing and smiling.
For a bridge to be effective, a crown is created that will sit on the tooth either side of the gap with the replacement tooth in the middle hence the name bridge. A dental bridge is a permanent option but whether it is right for you is something worth discussing.
Dentures for Teeth Replacement
Dentures, historically, are a more recently invented tooth replacement option than implants or bridges and similarly, the materials used have improved over time. George Washington was one of the early wearers of dentures.
Dentures are false teeth that are not a permanent attachment. They do cover up gaps where teeth are missing but they also require greater maintenance.
Why Hawthorn East Dental for Replacing Missing Teeth
Hawthorn East Dental is run by Dr David Cao who is a highly qualified and experienced Cosmetic Dentist. He and his team are known for providing exceptional care, professional advice and dentistry using state of the art technology. Book in with us and you will quickly learn why Hawthorn East Dental is a preferred local dentist. Your smile is our priority!