If you are experiencing problems with your tooth, such as severe tooth ache, it is important to go and see a dentist as soon as possible for an emergency appointment. Your natural teeth are very important, as the replacements that are available are very good with the modern advances in dentistry, but they will never be as good as a natural tooth.
The longer problems are left untreated, the higher the chance that a tooth will become unsaveable. At our practice we will always try to save teeth and help you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. In the unfortunate case that a tooth needs to be extracted, we will always discuss with the patient gap management options before hand so the patient knows which options will be the most suitable for them.
It is important to understand what a missing tooth can mean for the rest of your teeth and mouth. When you lose a tooth, the site of the missing teeth’s bone will start to fade away and recede (known as bone resorption). The rate at this occurs will vary from person to person. The main implications this has for the rest of the teeth is the fact that the receding bone will start to cause the remaining teeth to feel loose and eventually even fall out.
By knowing your gap management options before having a tooth extracted, you will be in a better position to minimise any potential future complications. Restorations that replace teeth can help stabilise the area of the extracted tooth and help maintain your bone levels.
A modern and popular way to replace missing teeth is with dental implants. These are a secure and permanent way to replace teeth. They will act as the new roots of the teeth and will then hold in place the restoration on top. The main benefits of this option is the fact it helps to really stabilise the jaw, whilst promoting healthy bone growth. The implants can be used to anchor in new crowns (single teeth), fully loaded bridges (multiple teeth), to full arch replacements (overdentures).
If you are worried about one of your teeth and are in pain, please do not hesitate to call us and book your emergency appointment. If you have already lost a tooth and would like to explore your gap management options, please call us and book your free consultation today.