I've been missing a tooth since birth...
Countless Canadians have congenitally missing teeth, a condition almost always linked to genetics. This condition prevents one or more of their permanent teeth from ever forming.
Missing permanent or adult teeth, especially front teeth, can have a profound effect on the self-esteem, confidence and social interaction of children, adolescents, as well as adults. Fortunately, our specialized dental treatments and prevention options allow us to help you find the perfect solution to bring out the Shine inside you.
These are the options for a missing tooth or teeth
1. Leave the gap
You could, of course, leave the gap and not replace your tooth; however, this can result in the movement of other teeth, the rapid loss of jawbone shape, and bone atrophy. If the missing tooth is stopping you from smiling or eating the foods you like then let us think of an alternative solution.
2. Orthodontically Hold Open
A space maintainer can be temporarily placed to hold the gap open for a future fix. You can give yourself some extra time to make a well‐informed decision before jaw and bone recession occur.
3. A Denture
A removable acrylic (plastic) tooth that is clipped on to other teeth with metal clasps. This option is typically used when we need a tooth to replace a gap quickly and only for a short period of time. The constant wear and tear of chewing and other stresses put on the jawbone will cause a gradual erosion of the bone, also known as bone atrophy.
4. A Bridge
A false tooth is permanently fixed to the teeth on either side of the gap using special cement. Dental bridges are good when the bone will not support a dental implant, however the effect of having crowns on the adjacent teeth in the long term means extra risk of future breaking or damaging these teeth. Bone atrophy under the bridge, another potential risk, can cause cavities and weaken the supporting teeth.
5. An Implant
A false tooth is permanently fixed to the jawbone, using a titanium screw, by drilling down into the jawbone. Dental implants are typically the best option where the jawbone is suitable.
Dental implants will not negatively affect the adjacent teeth and will give maximal chewing function with near perfect appearance.
Learn more about dental implants and how Shine Dental Implants can help you.