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Options for Missing Teeth

Health Concerns Related to Missing Teeth

Missing one or more teeth can lead to a number of oral health concerns that could even lead to the loss of additional previously healthy teeth. Missing teeth can also lead to a drop-in confidence levels as patients feel self-conscious about the way that their smile now looks.

There are several options for missing teeth that can help to restore bite functionality while also ensuring that patients feel confident about their teeth each time that they smile, laugh or hold a conversation.

Options for Missing Teeth

What happens when a tooth is lost?

Teeth can be lost due to damage or decay. When the tooth is lost, it can set off a chain reaction of events that can lead to a number of concerns that could have been easily prevented. The first concern that needs to be addressed is that the gap left behind by the missing tooth can lead to the surrounding healthy teeth shifting into that same space. Shifting teeth will lead to a misaligned bite and the potential for damage and advanced decay of those previously healthy teeth.
Another serious concern to consider is that the longer there is a gap between teeth from lost teeth, the more likely it is that bone regression will become a reality. The bone in our jaws is constantly growing and regenerating, but it’s reliant on the pressure from the chewing and biting pressure of our healthy teeth. Without this pressure there starts to be a regression in the bone.

Bone regression can lead to several concerns that includes seeing a sagging in the structure of the face. Patients can start to show signs of premature ageing if they have lost a number of teeth.

The good news is that there are a number of missing front teeth solutions, and also solutions for missing back teeth.

What are the dental options for missing teeth?

There is no need to live a life without a beautiful smile. There are several options for missing teeth. When it comes to how to replace missing teeth, the solution that will work best for each patient will depend on a number of factors.

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  • The number of teeth missing.
  • The location of the missing teeth.
  • Whether there is bone regression.
  • The personal choice of each patient.

Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, dental bridges, dentures and a combination of implants and dentures.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a good solution for a case where a patient is missing one or more teeth. The bridge is a prosthetic that offers both functionality and restored aesthetics. It is anchored by the healthy teeth surrounding the gap left by the teeth that were lost. Crowns are often used for additional durability.

When wondering how to replace missing teeth your first step should be to reach out to your dentist to find out what the options are for your individual oral health care needs.


Dentures are a good solution when there is the need to replace a significant number of missing teeth. Partial and full dentures are options for missing teeth. Dentures can be anchored by implants to offer stability. They will restore functionality and return smiles to patients.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an artificial root surgically implanted into the gum, where it will replace the lost natural tooth. The artificial root will be a permanent solution to missing teeth. Once the gum has healed from the procedure, a crown will be affixed to it. Implants are a good option to replace just one tooth or to replace multiple teeth.

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What are the procedures for replacing missing teeth?

Before any decisions can be made, a consultation and examination of your mouth will need to be done. This will allow your dentist to evaluate the health of your remaining teeth and also determine the health of your gums. With information in hand, decisions can be made.

There is no one-size solution when It comes to dental options for missing teeth. X-rays and moulds will need to be taken of your teeth and mouth in order to ensure your prosthetic dental solutions fit comfortably.

If you opt for a solution that involves implants you will need to get the implants placed and allow them to heal before you are able to fully restore your smile. Dentures and bridges will take several weeks to be completed by the laboratory.

What are the advantages and disadvantages to consider with each option?

Overall there are no disadvantages to replacing missing teeth. There may be some factors that make each of the dental options for missing teeth less than the ideal choice for you. Those who have healthy teeth may not be ready for full dentures yet. Those who have a significant number of missing teeth may have a lot of bone loss and may not yet be the idea candidate for dental implants.

The advantages to replacing teeth, regardless of the solution that you select, will include being able to once again talk and eat with ease. Dental implants can be the costlier option, but they are a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth. Dentures and bridges can last a lifetime with proper care, and they are a better solution for many budgets concerns.

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We are a state-of-the-art dental practice located in the heart of Douglas, Cork, situated overlooking the Fingerpost roundabout; between the Doctor’s Surgery and the Veterinary Clinic.

    • Dental Implants

      Dental Implants

      Patients who have lost one or more teeth will be good candidates to get dental implants. The timeline for your dental implant procedure will depend largely on how long it has been since the natural tooth was lost.
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    • Dentures


      Dentures are dental prosthetics that take the place of natural teeth that have been lost or extracted. There are several types of dentures available.
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    • Dental Bridges

      Dental Bridges

      A dental bridge prosthetic provides a bridge for the gap created by a missing tooth, between two healthy teeth. It is a cost effective solution to missing teeth
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