Missing teeth can cause lots of problems. These include:
- Difficulty with everyday functions such as eating and speaking
- Shrinkage of gums and jawbone due to lack of use
- Movement and increased loading of the remaining teeth – this can cause changes to the bite and consequently result in muscle/jaw joint pains, tooth wear, sensitivity and further tooth loss
- Premature ageing (hollowed or sunken appearance) due to changes to the facial structure and height
Where bone permits, dental implants are an excellent long-term option for replacing missing teeth. A titanium post is inserted and fused to the jawbone and following healing, a prosthetic tooth is fitted to the post.
Dental implants are preferred by some patients over dentures and bridges as they look aesthetic, feel more comfortable, do not displace or require tooth preparation.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us for a consultation today!