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Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth as they are often the most cost effective and conservative option in the long term. In order to make the best decision it is wise to consider the alternatives to replacing missing tooth.
This is a great question. If you have missing teeth there are a variety of options:
You may decide to do nothing and leave the gap, let's look at this as an alternative.
Do nothing and leave the gap.
When you lose a tooth it leaves a socket in the bone where the root used to be, the surrounding bone then collapses into this socket and the overall area shrinks.
This shrinking/bone loss can have an impact on the aesthetics of your smile and possibly cause biting and chewing problems. This bone loss can happen slowly and continue for a considerable amount of time after you have lost the tooth.
What is also important to note is that your teeth are in fine balance with one another, without any support your teeth will have a tendency to drift.
Your cheek and tongue keep the teeth from drifting inward or outward, the teeth either side prevent a tooth from drifting backwards or forwards and the teeth on the opposing draw prevent the tooth from over erupting up or down.
All of these forces act in unison to create what is known as a neutral zone. If this neutral zone is disrupted, example by the loss of tooth, the surrounding teeth can begin to drift.
Teeth either side of the gap will tend to drift in towards the gap and the teeth on the opposing jaw will tend to over erupt.
What this means is that the impact of losing a single tooth can have a knock on effect to the surrounding teeth which can then impact the way you bite together and your overall chewing ability.
Many people feel there is no need to replace the missing tooth ( in some cases this could be the right thing to do), however in the past patients of ours have felt the same and found that their decision was not the best one to make as all their surrounding teeth began to move which created a larger compromise than simply having a missing tooth.
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Essentially, a dental implant is used as a replacement for a lost tooth root. Dental implants are usually made from titanium and each implant is precisely and carefully inserted into the jaw where the missing tooth root should be and offers a base for a long-term tooth replacement.
A dental implant can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth or a whole set of missing teeth to restore both aesthetics and function. Implants are also an ideal solution for stabilising loose or ill fitting dentures.
The plant will vary concerned considerably depending upon each person's unique clinical situation, only a full dental health assessment will be able to give you an accurate costing, however we'll give you a basic guide here.
Let's look at two ways of replacing missing tooth and the associated cost.
To replace a single missing tooth with a dental bridge would require the tooth either side of the gap to be trimmed down to a stump to accept the supporting elements of the new bridge. This would require 3 new teeth at a cost of approximately £620 each, the total therefore to replace a single missing tooth with a bridge would be from £1860.
This comes with the added disadvantage that possibly healthy teeth either side of the missing one need to be reduced, this could mean that healthy tooth tissue is lost, something which dentists do not wish to do!
Because other teeth have also been touched there is an increased risk of further problems arising, it is always best to leave any teeth alone wherever possible.
Let's look at the cost of a dental implant to replace a single tooth…
To replace a single missing tooth with a simple dental implant would cost from £2100. in the short term this is a little more expensive than using a dental bridge however, in the long term it can work out a more cost effective option as there is less chance of further problems arising with the teeth either side.
If you would like to know more about implant treatment in Gloucester and how it could benefit you, call us today on 01452 524 024 and speak to a member of our team.
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