Why should I replace missing teeth?
Should you replace a missing tooth?
Technically, no, you don’t have to. Humans are perfectly capable of surviving with a missing tooth, however read on for our advice regarding why you should replace your missing tooth or teeth, and some of the options that are available for natural tooth replacement, otherwise known as dentures, partial dentures, or implants.
If you’ve recently lost a tooth, or you’re unsure whether to replace a tooth, or teeth, the first step you should take is to speak with a qualified dental technician who can guide you through the process. Some teeth are more important and more functional than others, therefore getting expert advice before making your decision is vital.
The following guidelines outline why you should replace missing teeth:
Time is a concerning factor in regards to replacing a tooth. It’s common for remaining teeth to gradually move over time and cause aesthetic concerns or cause a functional problem in regards to masticating (chewing). Even your whole bite can change and lead to jaw pain and gum pain.
EverythingDentures recommends seeing a denture specialist as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Even if the tooth or teeth were lost or removed a long time ago, they can still be replaced. There are increased risks and complications associated with replacing a tooth lost some time ago, however our experienced technicians will have options for you, particularly if you’re experiencing discomfort or problems with eating.
Our denture clinic specialists are highly experienced in caring for patients with multiple missing teeth, and have been missing those teeth for some time.
Number of missing teeth
The number of teeth missing is also a key factor in determining whether a replacement is necessary. Some of your teeth are more important than others in regards to eating and chewing.
The trauma of missing a tooth affects each person differently. Depending on how the tooth was lost and where it’s missing from, or how many are missing, damage can cause a loss of quality of life, or some people continue on without much change to their life.
Of course we want each person to enjoy pain free eating and a smile you’re proud to show, however the decision to replace teeth or not is completely up to you, and we can provide you with the expert guidance and knowledge you need to make your choice.
You’re experiencing a problem with chewing or discomfort
If your tooth loss is causing discomfort while eating, or talking, this is definitely a major influencing factor in getting a replacement. You may need to change the way you eat, chew on a different side, or avoid some foods completely. These are concerns that affect your quality of life.
In particular, missing your back teeth, or molars, can cause the most negative impact on your eating. They are a large flat tooth, specifically used for grinding large pieces of food into smaller pieces, making food ready and easy to swallow.
If you’ve lost a front tooth, or biting and tearing tooth, this can also cause problems or discomfort when eating.
Initially tooth loss may not cause any concerns, however, changing the way you chew and eat can over time cause stress and pain to other areas in the mouth and jaw, resulting in a more complicated tooth replacement plan in the future.
The cosmetic, aesthetic or look is concerning you
It is common to feel self conscious about losing teeth, particularly if the tooth is more visible when you open your mouth. Obviously the front teeth are more noticeable, however many of your rear teeth and side teeth are also visible. If you’re feeling conscious about the look, that’s certainly a reason to consider replacing the tooth. This is completely up to the individual and how they feel about it.
Surrounding teeth are moving
After you lose a tooth, the support and structure it provided to other teeth and your bite is no longer available. This causes a flow on impact to surrounding teeth and may cause pain in the jaw or contribute to difficulty in eating.
Replacing the tooth soon after losing it can alleviate this problem before it even starts. There are also options available for correcting any teeth that have moved as a result of an older tooth loss that is now causing a problem.
Some denture solutions are more expensive than others. When cost is influencing your decision, consider the impact on your quality of life, and there are less costly options available, just ask us for an obligation free consultation.
What are the best options for replacing teeth?
Browse through our dental services to learn more about each type of denture:
- Full Dentures - all top and bottom teeth are replaced
- Partial Dentures - Some teeth are replaced
- Implant Dentures - a clip is inserted into the jaw to replace a single tooth
- Cosmetic Dentures - enhance or correct your teeth
- Digital Dentures - 3D scans are taken to produce a perfect denture fit
- Bridge - An implant that can only be inserted and removed by a dental technician
To cover off why you should seek professional advice regarding your lost teeth, the decision to replace is influenced by the following factors:
- The length of time taken to replace the tooth
- The condition of your natural teeth
- Which teeth were lost and how many teeth were lost
- Your health and age
- The cost of replacement
Give our friendly team a call today to discuss your questions or concerns, or use our live chat to connect to a specialist near you.