Why Replace Missing teeth

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we want to inform you that the practice will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 until the end of April and possibly longer. During this period we  will be running an emergency telephone triage/advise service for any patient who may require this Monday to Friday. We kindly request that only patients needing emergency advise leave messages on our answerphone.

We wish all our patients well and hope you all stay safe and look forward to seeing you once this crisis is over.

Tips to help manage dental problems until you can see a dentist:

Click on the following link Managing Toothache at Home (pdf document)

 
  • When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth have space to drift or overerupt.
  • Spaces are created between teeth where food becomes trapped which can lead to a build up of plaque. If these teeth are not kept clean, decay can result and they can be lost and the whole process starts again.

 

Bone Changes after Extraction

  • When teeth have been missing for some time, the bone and gums can begin to change shape.
  • This can affect surrounding teeth.

 

Ridge Preservation

  • Once a tooth is lost, the bone and gum will begin to recede. If you later decide to have an Implant fitted this bone recession may mean that the Implant would sit too high or the Crown would sit too low for your 'bite'.
  • A material can be inserted into the cavity to encourage bone re-growth. Over time, this will provide a sufficient amount of bone to support the Implant.