Your smile can have a major influence on how you perceive yourself. A missing tooth, likewise, can affect the way you feel. When you have a gap in your smile, it can hinder you from talking and smiling naturally with others.
A single missing tooth may also have effects outside of how things look. Your surrounding teeth may move, your bite may change and your jawbone structure may alter.
Whether you are missing part of a tooth, a whole tooth or multiple teeth, our team offer a variety of treatment options to restore your smile.
Our teeth are strong, however, under impact, they can chip or break. Damaged teeth are often the result of sporting incidents, biting into hard foods or materials, or accidents.
At The White Bite, we offer several treatment options to repair and save a damaged tooth. The first question to consider is if the pulp of your tooth has been affected by the fracture. The pulp is the living, vital part of your tooth, sometimes referred to as ‘the nerve’. If you experience sensitivity or pain, it may be because your pulp has been affected.
Composite resin bonding
If your tooth only has a minor fracture such as a chipped edge, your dentist may be able to rebuild it using composite resin. This process is also called bonding. It is a quick and cost-effective treatment which can be completed within a single appointment.
Your dentist will apply the composite resin material to the tooth which adheres to the dentin and enamel. This allows your tooth to be rebuilt to its original shape and colour.
The procedure may have to be repeated every 5 to 8 years as the composite resin material can stain and wear.
If your natural tooth structure has been severely damaged, your dentist may decide to recommend a porcelain crown instead. For this treatment, your dentist will remove small portions of the front, back and side of your tooth to create room for your new porcelain crown.
The crown is then cemented over the top of your remaining tooth structure. It can be designed to closely replicate your surrounding teeth in shape, size and colour.
Porcelain crowns can last 15 years or longer if well looked after. This makes the treatment a long-term solution.
Single missing tooth
If you have lost a tooth in its entirety, dental implants are a great option to replace the gap.
Dental implants consist of three parts: the implant, the fixture and the restoration.
The implant is placed into your jawbone and acts as the root of your tooth. A fixture connects the implant with the restoration. If only a single tooth is missing, the restoration may be a porcelain crown or a porcelain-metal crown.
Dental implant treatment is complex and requires healing time after the implant placement. This means, the procedure will require several dentist visits over a timeframe of 3 to 6 months.
The restoration will match your existing teeth in shape, size and colour. For this reason, dental implants can be considered a treatment option for missing front and back teeth.
Even though your dental implant restoration is not a ‘real’ tooth, looking after it is as important as looking after your natural teeth. The crown can last up to 15 years or longer if you follow a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth for at least twice daily for a minimum of 2 minutes and floss every day.
Multiple missing teeth
For patients who are missing multiple teeth, several treatment options can be discussed with your dentist. These include placement of several dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures.
The right treatment option for you depends on several factors such as the location of the missing teeth and your jawbone structure. It is also influenced by your budget and your overall oral health condition. Our team will help you to identify the best suitable treatment option for you.
Start your smile transformation today
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