Single Tooth Loss – Does It Matter?

Our Epsom dentist looks at some of the possible consequences of losing a tooth.

Tooth loss is, quite naturally, a major concern of our Epsom patients, and, at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we do all that we can to avoid this final stage, whether through fillings, crowns or root canal procedures.

Sometimes though, a tooth simply cannot be saved and an extraction is the only sensible option available. The question then arises as to what to do next? Let’s take a closer look at your options.

Visible and hidden teeth

If the tooth that has been lost is one of the visible teeth that we reveal when we smile, very few of us will opt to leave a gap there, for obvious reasons. What though, if it is not a visible tooth that has been lost? As no one will see the gap, does it really matter? Although, from an aesthetic viewpoint, these teeth are less important to the patient, there are a number of things that are likely to happen once a tooth has been lost. These may not be immediate, but can have a long term effect on the condition of your teeth.

Moving teeth

Once a tooth is lost, it creates a space. Over a period of time, the adjacent teeth are likely to encroach into this space as they gradually move under the stress and strains of eating. With a tooth in place, this movement is blocked by its presence; without it though, the tooth will move more freely. Once this starts to happen, there are a number of potential ‘knock on’ problems that often arise. Firstly, once a tooth moves, that then also creates room for the one next to that to move, and so on. This can eventually lead to a ‘domino effect’, with the result being an uneven set of teeth, potentially including the visible ones.

Interdental problems

Another issue is that as teeth move, they can press firmly against each other, or overlap, making it extremely difficult to clean effectively. If you are unable to use an interdental brush between any teeth, then dental floss is recommended. Even this is likely to be less effective though, where teeth are tightly packed together. The result of poor interdental cleaning may well lead to problems such as dental decay or gum disease, both of which can lead to eventual tooth loss. Over time, it is not hard to see how these problems mount up.

Your options for replacing missing teeth

At your local Epsom dentists, we offer a dental implant service, which allows patients not only to have a replacement tooth that is aesthetically appealing, but one that also offers strength and longevity comparable to a natural healthy tooth. In our view, implants are the best tooth replacement method available and a great way to replace a gap in your teeth both from a functional and aesthetic perspective.

If you have a missing tooth and would like to know more about dental implants, please call The Clock Tower Dental Clinic  today on 01372 720136.