Our teeth are very essential to our livelihood and if we lose just even one or a number of them, our everyday lifestyle will significantly change. Moreover, they are vital to our overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, even if we do our best to maintain them healthy and clean, tooth loss can transpire for certain reasons like trauma or injury, oral diseases, mechanical failure, or simply by congenital absence. Embarrassment or self-consciousness would just be an initial consequence. While depriving you of bringing out that smile that’s really you, a missing tooth needs to be replaced for more serious consequences like:

BONE LOSS/RESORPTION -Losing one or more teeth can lead to additional dental health risks, such as deterioration or loss of your jawbone. The jawbone deteriorates and losses its strength and stability when it remains inactive or when it is not being used to support a natural tooth. Unfortunately, bone resorption occurs almost immediately after the tooth is removed and progresses over time when ignored.

TEETH DRIFTING/SHIFTING - Once a tooth is removed, there is a constant tendency for the neighbouring or adjacent teeth to lean over the vacant space. In the same manner, a “super-erupt” may also occur wherein the shifting of the opposing teeth eventually drifts down into the vacant space. This would then create gaps around the contours your gum tissue, which would eventually trap and accumulate food or dirt, making your gums prone to periodontal disease and/or dental decay.

BITE AND CHEWING DIFFICULTY - Apart from the drifting/shifting of the neighboring teeth after a tooth is removed, a movement among the teeth consisting of tipping and/or rotating will have an unfavourable effect on your bite, a condition commonly known as “malocclusion” wherein tooth loss prevents your ability to chew food naturally; often resulting to indigestion or malnutrition.

SPEECH IMPAIRMENT – Tooth loss can also hinder your ability to speak properly. The ability to speak includes a complex interaction inside the mouth which involves your tongue, lips, and cheeks. The loss of one or more teeth significantly affects this complex interaction, thereby making it more difficult for you to speak properly. This difficulty will eventually increase as more teeth are lost making you less adaptive to a normal speech pattern. Moreover, it is embarrassing for most people to open their mouth to speak when they have missing front tooth/teeth.

Replacing your missing tooth or set of teeth is a serious matter. At Sea Smile Dental Clinic, our goal is to prevent you from encountering such consequences by providing various options to replace your missing tooth/teeth:



Dentures are removable dental fixtures for replacing missing tooth/teeth and the surrounding tissues to restore your smile and dental health. They come in two types – Partial and Complete Dentures, and they are made out of a combination of acrylic plastic for the gum-like base where the artificial teeth are attached and supported by cobalt-chromium metallic framework. Dentures are removable so they can be taken in and out of your mouth for cleaning purposes such as brushing or flossing, as well as permitting you from wearing them while sleeping.

Partial Dentures are used when there are still natural teeth remaining in the mouth, and they are placed in a saddle-like manner in such a way that the artificial teeth and base are positioned over the edentulous (toothless) portion of your gum and locked in place by means of metallic clips anchored on the remaining natural teeth; thus making them appear as natural teeth as possible.

Complete Dentures are used when all of the teeth within the dental arch are missing, and there are two options on how you would like them to be placed. Conventional Complete Dentures are placed after the remaining teeth have been extracted and the gum tissues have healed, which usually takes several months to achieve the results. With Immediate Complete Dentures, you won’t have to be without teeth during the healing period as the fixture is made in advance and put into place immediately after the remaining teeth have been removed.

Dentures, either partial or complete, conventionally or immediately placed, can be beneficial to both your appearance and oral health. When you lose most or all of your teeth, you facial muscles will tend to sag and make you look older. Dentures can prevent such effects as they can bring back the normal features and natural facial profile. And most importantly, they can make it easier for you to eat or chew food properly and speak better than you could without teeth, in which case is often taken for granted by most people.


Another option for replacing missing tooth/teeth and restoring your smile is by the use Dental Bridges. This option can be considered a more permanent approach in replacing one or more of your missing tooth. Unlike Dentures, which are removable for cleaning on a daily basis, Dental Bridges are fixed-prosthetic -devices which are cemented in place over existing natural teeth and can only be removed by your dentist when the need arises, like for replacement or repairs.

Dental Bridges can either be made of metal, porcelain, a combination of both (porcelain fused to metal), or ceramics. Porcelain is the common choice for aesthetic considerations as your dentist can actually match the colour of the entire bridgework with your existing natural teeth.



There are three types of Dental Bridges which you can discuss with your dentist to help you decide which would serve you best; depending on factors like the location of the missing tooth/teeth together, the function of the bridgework, the appearance or aesthetic considerations, and costs of the procedures.

Traditional Bridges – These are the most typical or common type of bridgework used, involving  the creation of two dental crowns on both side of the missing tooth (that would serve as “caps” or “abutments” to be placed over your existing natural teeth) and the pontic, or prosthetic tooth in the middle.

Cantilever Bridges – This type of bridgework is used when only one side of the missing tooth/teeth has available natural tooth for connecting or placing the crowns over. This method is rarely used nowadays and is usually not recommended in replacing teeth at the back of the mouth where excessive force is usually exerted in chewing which may only damage the other teeth supporting the bridge.

Maryland Bonded Bridges – A Maryland Bridge, also known as Resin-Bonded bridgework, is designed in such a way that instead of placing crowns or caps over your existing teeth, the actual bridgework has wings on both sides and directly bonded to the back of your existing teeth. Maryland Bridges are developed in such a way to lessen the necessary alterations needed for your existing teeth as opposed to Traditional Bridges.

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