Tooth loss is something that you hope to avoid during your life but if it occurs then it would be wise to replace the tooth as soon as possible to ensure that the rest of your teeth and gums remain healthy and free from problems. All of your teeth support each other and hold each other in their correct position; if you lose a single tooth then the surrounding teeth can start to move and tilt into the space that is left behind. If the teeth move then this can create problems long term as it can make the teeth more difficult to keep clean and also it can make it more difficult to actually replace the missing tooth.
One option for replacing a missing tooth is called a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth that are fixed in your mouth to the teeth adjacent to the gap. Usually the teeth that are being attached to need to be trimmed to make some space for the dental bridge to connect on to. The amount of trimming require depends on the tooth being replaced and the type of bridge that is being fitted. Once a bridge is placed they tend to look very good and can last a long time. Of course a dental implant tends to be the best option for replacing missing teeth as it does not involve any trimming to the surrounding teeth and it is ancored directly to your jaw.
If you would like to discuss the options that are available to replace missing teeth then please contact us on 0141 641 2107.