Missing Teeth:
Causes, Symptoms and treatments

Whether caused by gum disease, tooth decay, injury, or genetic factors, the absence of teeth can affect your ability to eat, speak, and feel confident about your smile. Addressing missing teeth is crucial to prevent further oral health issues and restore the functionality and aesthetics of your mouth. At Thames, Dr Bravis and her specialist team provides advanced dental treatments to replace missing teeth and treat associated symptoms effectively.

Symptoms and causes

Missing teeth or gaps in your smile can result from various factors, including:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Trauma or injury to the mouth
  • Genetic conditions leading to tooth loss

Related treatments

Our experienced dental team offers a range of treatments to address missing teeth, including:

When to see a dentist?

If you’re experiencing missing teeth or gaps in your smile, schedule an appointment with our dental team for a comprehensive evaluation. Early intervention can prevent further complications and help restore your smile and oral health.
Dr Theodora Bravis, principal dentist and founder of Thames Dental & Skin Clinic in Thames Ditton, Surrey, smiling confidently at the camera, showcasing her expertise in providing high-quality dental care and facial aesthetic treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do dentists treat missing teeth?

We offer various treatments based on individual needs and the extent of tooth loss. Dental implants provide a long-term solution by mimicking the natural tooth root and supporting dental restorations like crowns or bridges. Dental bridges consist of artificial teeth attached to adjacent natural teeth or implants. Partial or complete dentures are removable appliances that can replace multiple missing teeth. Orthodontic treatment may also be recommended to close gaps between teeth caused by missing teeth.

Can missing teeth be prevented?

While some causes of missing teeth may not be preventable, maintaining good oral hygiene practices can minimise the risk. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Avoiding habits like smoking and wearing a mouthguard during sports activities can prevent dental injuries.

How can I address missing teeth at home?

Professional dental treatment is typically required to address missing teeth effectively. However, maintaining good oral hygiene at home is crucial. This includes regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, and using mouthwash. Avoiding hard or sticky foods that could damage remaining teeth or dental restorations is also important. If experiencing discomfort or changes in oral health, prompt consultation with Dr Bravis is advised.

Ready to book a dental examination?

We strongly believe that prevention is the key to good health and avoiding dental and general health problems. You can book a comprehensive check-up with our dedicated dentist today.

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