Do Missing Teeth Really Need to be Replaced?

06 / 06 / 2022

If you have ever lost a tooth, you would know that this loss goes beyond just affecting your appearance and self-confidence. The gap left behind after losing a tooth can make it difficult to eat your favourite foods, cause issues with your speech and increase the wear and tear on neighbouring teeth. People with missing teeth are also more likely to experience tooth decay and periodontal disease, which may result in costly and time-consuming treatment.  

Replacing teeth as soon as possible is the best way to restore confidence in your smile and protect both your oral and general health. With a wide range of tooth replacement options on offer, you may be surprised at just how easy and affordable it is to replace a missing tooth.  

How common is tooth loss?  

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that, on average, people aged between 15-24 are missing 1.8 teeth. The average for those 65+ sits at 10.8 teeth. Teeth can be lost for a wide range of reasons, including facial trauma and injury through to periodontal disease, tooth decay and osteoporosis.  

Teeth play a crucial role in providing support to the jawbone and maintaining normal facial structure. Any missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible, as there is a risk of bone loss which can lead to a weakened jaw and altered facial appearance.  

Problems Caused by Missing Teeth 

Having missing teeth can cause issues including: 

  • Excessive wear and tear on neighbouring teeth
  • Your teeth may shift and loosen over time
  • A heightened risk of experiencing tooth decay
  • A heightened risk of periodontal disease (gum disease)
  • Reduced speech clarity
  • Difficulty eating
  • Reduced self confidence

Big Smiles Dental regularly treat patients with missing teeth. We can help you find the most suitable and cost-effective tooth replacement option, so that you can enjoy a healthy smile and optimal dental health.  

What are My Options? 

Most people with missing teeth will be offered one of the following tooth replacement options. 

  • Dental Implants – Implants look and function just like natural teeth, making this option a great choice if you’re only missing a couple of teeth. Implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium, which are integrated with the jawbone. Following a healing process of around 4-6 months, a dental prosthesis will be attached to the implant. Implants are a permanent solution which will preserve bone and gum health and restore a natural smile.  
  • Partial Dentures – A cheaper alternative to dental implants, partial dentures are a removable tooth replacement solution. False teeth are attached to a plate, which is held in place using metal clasps attached to your existing teeth. You can wear partial dentures throughout the day before removing them at night.  
  • Implant Retained Dentures – A more secure option than partial dentures, implant retained dentures are stabilised by dental implants in the gums. Some people find these a more comfortable option, and they can also be removed for ease of cleaning.   
  • Dental Bridges – if you have healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth cavity, you may opt for a dental bridge. A false tooth made from porcelain will fill the gap to restore your smile.  


Replace Your Missing Teeth – Contact Big Smiles Dental Today 

If you have missing teeth, rest assured you are not alone. Big Smiles Dental can help you find a reason to smile once again with our tooth replacement solutions. Call today on (02) 9921-1799 to book an appointment at our Little Bay Dental Clinic.