Only one missing or damaged tooth?
Breaking, chipping or knocking out a tooth could happen many ways, by example after a blow to the face or even after eating something hard.
If the tooth is just chipped, you should make an appointment with one of our dentists to have it smoothed down and filled.
If the tooth has been knocked out or is badly broken please call us on 0141 632 1378 for further advice and to book an emergency appointment. For assistance outwith working hour please contact NHS 24 on 111.
Why you shouldn’t ignore a missing tooth?
Each tooth plays an important role in your oral health.
Once you lose a tooth, the immediate solution is to replace it, especially if it is a front tooth.
But what happens when you lose a tooth that is not visible when you smile? The tendency is generally to ignore it.
However, any missing tooth can have a negative impact on your quality of life, as well as dental and oral health, when we chew, a healthy tooth strengthens the quality of the bone; similar to how exercise protects against bone loss. Furthermore, when a tooth is missing, healthy teeth tend to shift position towards the gap due to bone loss, affecting how our upper and lower teeth meet.
This may affect how we place pressure on the teeth when chewing, and have an impact on surrounding muscles and joints, resulting in pain and various other symptoms such as headaches or migraines. Hence, each tooth plays an important role in ensuring that teeth in front of and behind it stay in alignment, and maintaining the health of the jaw bone.
Modern dental technology can restore your quality of life with teeth that are strong and that look and feel natural
Removable partial denture
A removable partial denture (RPD) is a denture recommended for patients who cannot have a bridge (a fixed partial denture) for various reasons, like a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge or financial limitations. The Removable partial denture is one of the most cost effective options for replacing a missing tooth.
Built from plastic +/- metal, this type of prosthesis is referred to as a removable partial denture because patients can remove and reinsert it when required without professional help.
For this type of dental treatment no adjacent teeth are affected however it can sometimes encourage plaque build up around adjacent teeth ultimately leading to decay.
Resin bonded bridges
Resin bonded or resin retained bridges (RBBs/RRBs) are minimally invasive fixed prostheses which rely on composite resin cement for retention.
Resin bonded bridges (also known as Maryland bridges) is another treatment option available for the replacement of a missing tooth. This treatment consists of a false tooth made from an aesthetic, white material, which locates into the space of the absent tooth, held in place by a metal wing connected to the back of either one or both of its neighbours, using a small amount of bonded filling material to attach the wings to the adjacent teeth.
Resin-bonded bridges are a viable option for long-term only in certain cases. Most often, they are used for short-term management, in the period between having a tooth extracted and having a dental implant fitted.
Fixed dental bridge
A fixed dental bridge may be used to restore the resulting gaps of one or more missing teeth. Consisting in a is a false tooth or teeth, beautifully created from porcelain or other materials, the dental bridge is supported by adjacent teeth or implants.
While dental bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues, last over a long period and even improve your speech, they require your commitment to serious oral hygiene; in some cases, the teeth supporting the bridge might require root canal treatment.
A dental bridge is made by putting crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth in the space. This is all made in the laboratory and then the pieces are cemented into place with special adhesives. The bridge can’t be removed.
Another option is an adhesive bridge. This has ‘wings’ that are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth, with very little drilling needed.
Dental Implant with crown
A dental implant is a false tooth which is permanently fixed to the jawbone using a titanium screw (in other words a high tech tooth root replacement) The dental implant requires a minor surgical procedure using a local anaesthetic.
If you are missing one tooth including the root, the dental crown is attached to a dental implant. The implant serves as a foundation for a dental crown. This method does not affect your other healthy adjacent teeth.
While this is the most expensive option available for replacing a missing tooth, a single dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options.
A dental implant can look like a natural tooth and replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighbouring teeth. Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved over time. In the long term, a single implant can be more esthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge.
Dental Implants offer you many advantages.
- Dental implants are accepted by dental professionals for over 40 years, as a successful and trusted method of tooth replacement used today
- Dental Implants act like your natural tooth root. You do not feel the difference.
- Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials. As a result, they are accepted by your body.
- Your implant can actually last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene.
- Dental implants are minimally invasive. Your adjacent healthy teeth are untouched. Because unlike conventional bridges, there is no need to grind down adjacent natural teeth.
- One of the most important advantages of dental implants is that they maintain natural bone, and minimise further bone loss due to bone stimulation
- Dental implants provide stability and comfort, with no adjustments necessary after placement.
Which of this treatments would be best for me?
Once attending your appointment, during the consultation our dentist will carefully consider what options are viable for you and advise you about the available treatments. Depending on your personal and medical circumstances, one or more options will be available for you to choose from.
To book an appointment call 0141 632 1378 or book online now.
An attractive smile reflects a healthy life.
Attractive, natural looking teeth help us look and feel our best. They let us enjoy the foods we love, as well as allow us to be naturally confident where it really counts: at home, on the job, or on the playing field, but especially on the inside.
Your dentist can help.
Today, modern dental restorations help thousands of people improve their lives. With the latest technologies and materials individual teeth – or even entire rows of teeth – can be replaced for a natural looking appearance and restored function. Ask your dentist about dental implants at your next consultation or call 0141 632 1378 to book an implant consultation.