Did you know that 6% of the UK population have no teeth? That means 2.7 million people in the UK have no teeth at all! (The 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey)
- In 2018-2019 3 million teeth were extracted on adults in the NHS.
What can happen if I don’t replace my missing teeth?
You don’t have to replace your missing tooth/teeth, it is completely up to you. However, if teeth are not replaced, then certain biological factors will start to happen over time:
- teeth either side of the gap and begin to tilt and drift into the space and this can eventually affect the bite
- The remaining teeth are at a higher risk of fracturing as they are being overworked
- Bone, where the missing tooth was, will begin to shrink and recede
- May start to notice your speech is affected
How can I replace my missing tooth/teeth?
There are three ways to replace missing tooth/teeth. You can have a:
Dentures can be made out of two materials:
- Plastic: this is made from acrylic a pink plastic that is used to replicate the gums with plastic teeth attached to it.
- Metal: the metal used is cobalt chrome. Metal dentures are an excellent choice for partial dentures as they are very secure and snug.
One of the main drawbacks of complete or partial dentures is that eventually, the gums will shrink and recede and the once snug-fitting denture can become loose. This problem can be overcome with implants which can be used to retain and support the denture.
What are the benefits of a bridge
They are generally cheaper than an implant
An excellent and well-established treatment option
- No surgery is involved compared to having an implant
- Prevents movement/tilting of teeth into the space
- Can stabilise the bite
Are dental implants the best way to replace missing teeth?
This is completely dependent on the person and what teeth are missing. There are numerous factors to consider:
- Would you rather have a fixed or removable option? Today most people would rather have a fixed option to their problem
- Timeline: placing an implant is a longer process compared to making a denture or bridge
- Surgery: although most people claim having an implant is like having a filling done, there is a surgical aspect to implant placement
- Adjacent teeth: A bridge and denture can both negatively affect the adjacent teeth. Implants do not harm the surrounding teeth.
How do I know what option is best for me?
At Chapel Dental we will examine your mouth and utilise the latest technology, the itero 5D element to envisage your results. We will also discuss with you your long-term goals so we can create a comprehensive plan tailored to your needs. We also offer 0% finance plans to help with your budget.