Replacing missing teeth


Why should I replace my missing teeth with implants?

Besides obvious reasons like cosmetic appearance and the ability to chew, there are other things to consider when teeth are missing.

When teeth are lost in the mouth, the jawbone where the teeth used to be starts to shrink. The longer areas are left without a tooth, the more the jawbone will shrink, making teeth harder to replace. In some cases, a bone graft is needed to add extra bone where it has been lost so a dental implant can be placed.

Missing teeth also change the appearance of the face and makes cheeks sink in, giving an aged look. Aside from that, other teeth in the mouth will start to move and drift into the gaps causing changes in the bite.

If you have a single missing tooth or several missing teeth and are wondering if dental implants are a suitable option for replacing your missing teeth, visit Royal Dental Spa today for a full assessment by one of our experienced dentists.

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Single missing tooth

You may looking to have a single tooth replaced with an implant because you have been missing one for a while or there is an existing tooth that needs to be extracted. Most times, we will need to take a scan to assess how much bone there is in the area and if it’s enough to hold an implant. If there is not enogh bone, you may require a bone graft.

In some cases, an implant can be placed immediately and a new tooth replacement can be placed straight away. Most of the time, however, a period of 3 months or more is required to allow the bone to grow around the implant and for the implant to be stable in the bone. During this time, we will ensure that a temporary tooth replacement is placed to make sure that you don’t have a gappy smile.

Once the implant has healed and is stable enough to hold a brand new tooth replacement, your final crown can be attached to the implant, brining your smile to life.

Multiple missing teeth

If you have multiple missing teeth that you wish to replace with implants, we will need to take a scan to assess how much bone there is in the area and if it’s enough to hold multiple implants. If there is not enough bone, you may require a bone graft, one of our professional dentists will talk you through this procedure if it is required.

Depending on the situation, you may be able to replace more than one tooth with a single implant or get an implant bridge which generally can replace up to 3 teeth. Once the implants are placed in the jaw, a period of 3 months or more is required to allow the bone to grow around the implants and for the implants to be stable in the bone.

Once the implant has healed and is stable enough to hold brand new teeth or a bridge, your final crowns or bridge can be attached to the implants, giving you the ability to chew and function like normal again.

All on 4

What is All on 4?

The All On 4 Implants technique uses 4 dental implants to hold a full arch of tooth replacements for people that have all teeth missing or need all remaining teeth extracted.

As opposed to dentures, All On 4 dental implants are a permanent set of teeth that look and feel natural and are not removable.

Our professional dentists can assess your suitability for All on 4 and design a treatment plan that is custom made to your individual situation.

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