The space can look unsightly or can result in the teeth nearby tilting or growing out of the gum. The bone that supports the missing tooth gradually resorbs away reducing the support for the cheeks and lips.
There are four things you can do with a gap left by a missing tooth:
- Leave it as it is
- Replace it with a false tooth on a denture plate
- Replace it by crowning the teeth either side and putting a bridging tooth between
- Place an implant in the jaw and then a crown on to the implant
Implants have become a popular way to replace the missing tooth owing to their being fixed in the mouth without needing to cut down other teeth nearby, and their prevention of bone loss in that area
We work with our friend and colleague Will Murphy when providing implants for our patients.
Will has a special interest in Implant Dentistry having been placing dental implants since 1999.
Will plays an active role in post graduate education and has run many courses and lectures including being lead tutor for candidates sitting their membership exams at the Royal College of Surgeons. He tutors aspiring implant dentists and has also held the position of Clinical Assistant in Oral Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Will has completed many advanced courses in implant and aesthetic restorative dentistry and was awarded an advanced certificate with the prestigious Implant Diploma at the Royal College of Surgeons in 2010.