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Fill in the Gap



So you may have been told that you need to have a tooth removed – this may be due to periodontal disease (gum disease), deep decay or a cracked tooth. Whatever the reason, you need to make a decision of what to do with the gap – leave it or fill it with a tooth replacement…

Leaving the Gap
This may not be an option for most people if they need to lose a front tooth, but what about a back tooth? I mean you probably can’t see a missing back tooth and you may have other back teeth to chew with, so why not leave the gap? If you are thinking this then you aren’t alone, and it certainly is an option, but first let’s look at what happens if we do this





bone-loss-60-year-oldbone-loss-75-year-oldJaw bone shrinks away – over time once a tooth is removed the bone that was holding the tooth/teeth in place shrinks away. This can make the cheeks sink into the space as well…

Pressure on the jaw joint any adverse changes to the bite like loosing a tooth and teeth moving into a non-ideal position can lead to pressure on the TMJ or jaw joint. This can lead to clicking and discomfort even your jaw getting stuck…


replacing-back-teethDrifting of surrounding teeth: Typically teeth rely on the support of neighbouring teeth to hold them upright in the right position. If a tooth is removed then the teeth either side of the gap will tend to tip into the spaces, much like when you remove a book from a book shelf the books will lean into each other. But when teeth do this it creates a few problems…

Food trapping – as the tooth tips it creates a space either side of the tooth – the side of the gap and also behind the gap. Food and bacteria getting trapped is not only annoying but also increases the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease (link).
Increased wear and risk of cracking. As the tooth tips into the space the area of the tooth designed for chewing and grinding food etc tips with it. This means you could be biting on a weaker part of the tooth that is not designed to take the pressure – increasing the risk of cracking or breaking the tooth.

Teeth moving down or up into the space. It is not just the teeth beside the space that move but also the tooth opposing it goes looking for support, this can lead to this tooth having less supporting bone holding the roots in place and also the sensitive root areas usually covered by the gums being exposed causing sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures.

Want to Fill the Gap? What options are available…implant-face
There are a few options to fill in the gap, perhaps a denture or bridge may be suitable, but with the advances in modern dentistry we are finding that most people are choosing dental implants to replace one or more teeth…
At Duncraig Dental Care, we can replace the missing gaps in your mouth with dental implants which can restore your smile. Their look, feel and function are the same of natural teeth. With proper care and maintenance they can last for a lifetime. Not only will you have restored all the functions of teeth, IT’LL BOOST YOUR SELF-CONFIDENCE…Your smile will go back to being a healthy looking smile which will mean you can smile with confidence.

Dental implants will effectively make you avoid the long term problems associated with a missing tooth.

Dental Implants Duncraig, Perth

For more information on our Dental implants treatment or to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (08) 9448 3111