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Dentology Dental Care Missing Teeth

    Missing teeth Aspendale, call today to book an appointment. 

    We take an informed approach in regards to replacing a missing tooth (or teeth) by weighing up the risks of treatments and the space in general; we also take into account changes that may take place in the future.

    Replacing Missing Teeth

    Dental implants are fast becoming a popular choice for patients; our Prosthesis specialist will be able to advise you on the best solutions available. Depending on circumstances we can provide you with strong, sustainable implants with incredible longevity. We have a vast array of implant products and procedures that will return your teeth to their former glory. Missing teeth shouldn’t keep you missing out on your perfect smile.
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    Bone Loss

    When removing teeth from the jaw, supporting bone under teeth tends to shrink over time. This process is a process known as resorption and is a natural consequence due to the loss of stimulation to the jaw bone from normal forces placed upon the teeth.The Resorption process of the supporting alveolar bone begins almost as soon as the tooth is removed and continues over time. This will result in loses of both width and height due to resorption.

    In the case of multiple tooth loses, significant loss of jaw bone can take place with or without a prosthesis to replace teeth. This can lead to difficulty wearing removable dentures due to the lack of an adequate "ridge" upon which the denture can grasp significant purchase.

    Loss of ridge volume in some circumstances can be visibly apparent to the naked eye, in particular the "esthetic zone" of the mouth, cosmetic defects in this zone can be spotted relatively easily. When bone resorbs, the remaining gum line, which covers it, also shrinks away, creating an apparent concavity (depressions in width and height) that can be unsightly as well as possibly allow food impaction under the remaining adjacent teeth.

    Drifting

    Losses of a few teeth in any given segment of your mouth can lead to what’s known as drifting of neighbouring teeth, this is process of the surrounding teeth leaning over into the vacant space as a means of compensating for previous teeth have been lost.

    Our teeth experience a constant tendency to shift both towards the opposing jaw and the front of our mouths unless of course they are stopped by something in the way (usually other opposing or adjacent teeth) The loss of opposing or adjacent teeth therefore allows teeth to move along with the aforementioned tendencies.

    During this drifting process discrepancies in the contours and height of surrounding gum tissue can lead to a predisposition to dental decay and periodontal disease.

    Food and Plaque are also able to accumulate in these areas and can prove to be relatively difficult to clean, this is a direct result from “piled up” gum tissue. Drifting teeth are also know to affect the occlusion (bite) and can be visually un-appealing.

    Dentures

    Full dentures as well as partial removable dentures are generally used to replace a single tooth, several teeth or an entire upper or lower jaw. Dentures rely on existing teeth for support (for partial dentures) and the mechanical support from the remaining ridge of the underlying gum and bone.

    Maxillary or upper jaw full dentures are also able to be helped by suction between the denture and the gum of your palate, this is also known as the roof of the mouth.
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    Fixed Bridge

    we are able to utilize fixed bridges so that teeth can also be replaced providing that surrounding teeth in the area are sufficiently strong and healthy enough to support the artificial teeth. The Bridge fabrication process involves the adjacent teeth being prepared by reducing their size (or cut down) we then remove all the surrounding enamel, to make sufficient space for the prosthetic tooth restoration. The Prosthetic teeth (or Tooth) are then suspended between the remaining adjacent teeth to provide a strong and functional cosmetic replacement. 

    Limitations of this treatment stem from the irreversible preparation of the (abutment) adjacent support teeth.  Treatment can expose teeth to the risk of trauma to their nerves; this can potentially increase the risk of requiring root canal treatment. Long-term, fixed bridges have an average life expectancy of 10-12 years and may require replacement. The Replacement of fixed bridges may often require further treatment as the adjacent supporting teeth can be potentially compromised over time by advancing dental disease, cavities or periodontal bone loss.
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