I am missing a tooth. Is there a reason to have it replaced?
You may have lost one of your front teeth by an accident, a fracture, an endodontic failure or a periodontal problem.
Some children are also born with congenitally missing lateral incisors.
The lack of anterior teeth compromises significantly the aesthetics of the smile and requires immediate replacement.
The loss of a posterior tooth on the other hand, decreases the masticatory ability and while it does not create usually aesthetic problems, it has important functional consequences.
If the missing tooth is not replaced then the teeth next to it begins to move, creating changes in occlusion and difficulties in hygiene that lead to loss of other teeth in the long run.
How can I replace the missing tooth?
An anterior tooth can be replaced with an implant, a Maryland bridge, a fixed bridge or with a removable prosthesis.
A posterior tooth can be replaced with either a fixed bridge or with an implant.
Why is a dental implant a better treatment option?
A dental implant is the most conservative solution because it does not require preparation of the adjacent teeth as a bridge does and on the same time is a stable and secure solution.
The implant crown is not connected to neighborouring teeth, making it easy to clean the area using a dental floss.
With a dental implant, you treat the problem of the missing tooth without involving any neighbouring teeth, increasing the long term success of the treatment.
Take a look at dental implant cases that have been treated in our clinic.