- Grinding or clenching your teeth is very common in many adults and can be very damaging.
- Tooth Grinding (Bruxing)
Common missing tooth replacement questions
Do I have to replace missing teeth?
The simple answer is no, however you might find that with a missing tooth your bite, chewing ability and cosmetic look is compromised.
Can having a missing tooth cause problems?
Yes. Your teeth are all in fine balance with one another, if the truth is removed that balance can be affected and teeth can start to drift. Teeth either side of the missing tooth can tip into the gap and teeth on the opposing jaw can begin to over erupt.
Over time this drifting and over erupting of teeth can affect the way your teeth meet which ultimately may affect your bite, chewing ability and could even lead to things like headaches.
What options do I have to replace missing teeth?
You typically have three options to replace a missing tooth:
- A dental bridge
- Dental implants
What options are there to replace a missing tooth after an extraction?
Our firm advice is to consider how you will replace the missing tooth BEFORE the tooth is extracted. You should discuss with your dentist how you wish to restore your smile once the tooth has been removed. This is because it is possible to immediately place a dental implant into the socket as soon as the tooth has been extracted, however this needs careful planning and cannot be decided on the day.
This has the distinct advantage of supporting the bone around the extraction site meaning you get less bone resorption and a far more predictable cosmetic result once the implant is replaced.