Dental Treatments for Multiple Missing Teeth

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Missing teeth can create a number of problems. Firstly, it can greatly affect the appearance of a smile which can lead to lower confidence and self-esteem.

More importantly, missing teeth can create a number of long-term oral health problems and complications too.

With multiple missing teeth, you’ll be increasing the likelihood of your gums being affected, your speech pattern changing, the structure of your jawbone altering and affecting the stability of neighbouring teeth too.

Here are a couple of dental treatments that can replace multiple missing teeth.

Dentures

Better known as false teeth, dentures can be used to fill in gaps for individual teeth (partial dentures)  or can be used to cover a whole row of upper or lower teeth (complete dentures).

In the case of partial dentures, these are plates made from nylon, plastic or metal where false teeth are fitted and can be clipped into place. Read more.

If just some of the teeth in a row are in need of replacement, the whole row of teeth will need to be taken out and filled with complete dentures which are designed to fit into your gums and jawbone comfortably without sliding.

Bridges

These are used to fill in the gaps for where you have missing teeth. Usually, two crowns are inserted on the teeth either side of the gap where a false tooth is put in its place.

While some procedures are aesthetically motivated, this procedure can help to prevent you from developing problems in the future.

Any gap in teeth makes your gums vulnerable to bacteria which can cause cavities, gum disease and decay.

They are made from porcelain and/or metal and can last from 5 to 15 years with good tooth maintenance.