Several Missing Teeth
Chewing, appearance and confidence can all be improved by replacing missing teeth. Often, when ‘back’ (molar) teeth are missing, patients ‘make-do’.
Although missing molar teeth are not as obvious as missing front teeth, it is very important that they are replaced. These are the multi-rooted teeth which do the ‘heavy work’ of crunching up food and if they are missing, some of that function is transferred to single-rooted teeth at the front of your mouth which are simply not designed to cope with this task.
A removable prosthesis, such as a partial denture, actually accelerates the bone shrinking process, resulting in more rapid bone deterioration. In addition, the clasps which hold the partial denture damage the natural teeth they hook onto, loosening them and in many cases, eventually leading to the loss of those teeth. Most patients with partial dentures state that they are uncomfortable and that they rarely wear them.
Dental implants can replace missing teeth and look and function like your own natural teeth. Implants actually stimulate the bone to become stronger and distribute the biting forces evenly through the jaw bone.