Missing teeth can have a noticeable effect on your appearance, but even more important are the functional issues they can cause.
Many adults are missing one or more teeth. Missing teeth can result from decay, injuries, sporting accidents or permanent teeth that never grow in. Regardless of the reason, large gaps in your smile can affect your ability to speak and eat.
A missing tooth can also weaken your remaining teeth or cause them to shift.
On this page
- What can I do about missing teeth?
What can I do about missing teeth?
Modern dentistry offers a lot of options if you want to replace a missing tooth.
Dentures are an option if you’re missing all or most of your teeth. These are removable plates of artificial teeth, helping you speak and chew food.
If you’re only missing a few teeth, an option like a bridge might be right for you. Bridges use your adjacent teeth to affix an artificial tooth as a replacement.
Dental implants* are another option for missing teeth. With this option, your dentist attaches an implant, which looks a bit like a metal screw, to your jawbone. Then they’ll affix a crown to your implant, creating a replacement that looks and functions almost exactly like a natural tooth. Implants tend to be more durable and long-lasting than other options. Click here to read more about dental implants.
Your dentist will be able to advise you on an appropriate treatment plan.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.