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Hello – I’ve been doing some reading around your site, and would like to ask a dental question related to missing teeth.
After a drinking session last month, I fell down some stairs and now have a missing tooth. I also required root canal treatment to save another. What dentistry procedures would you recommend to replace the tooth? Is implant the best option?
Also, besides looking better, are there any other benefits of having the tooth replaced? (i.e. will there be anything bad if I never have the tooth replaced?) Thanks!
Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear about your accident.
“What dentistry procedures would you recommend to replace the tooth? Is implant the best option?”
I assume that the teeth in question are your 2 front teeth? The methods that you can consider to replace your front tooth would be:
- Dental Implant: Most stable and aesthetic if done well, highest longevity if well maintained. However it is costly and there is a need for surgery. (Dental implant costs are Medisave claimable for the surgical component)
- Bridge: Good aesthetics achievable. However, there is a need to shave neighbouring teeth structure to attach the fake tooth onto. There is a higher chance of dislodgement too.
- Denture: Least costly. However, also the least aesthetic. Have to remove and clean nightly/ after meals. Unable to bite as well.
I would suggest for you to get assessed by a dentist first as there are multiple factors to consider before deciding on the best available treatment option eg) your bite pattern, the amount of bone you have at the missing space etc. Implant may not always be the best option, and is not suitable for every patient.
“Also, besides looking better, are there any other benefits of having the tooth replaced?”
Replacing teeth definitely helps in your function too. Your teeth is in a constant state of movement. Thus with a missing space, there is a tendency for neighbouring/ opposing teeth to drift into the space. You might also feel that it is harder to bite on food eg) noodles in your case due to the loss of the front tooth. Speech might also be an issue due to the the ‘leak of air’ through the space.
However if you can live with the above, then I would say there is no real need to replace your teeth.
Dr Marlene Teo, a periodontist at TP Dental, has also written an in-depth article on methods to replace missing teeth. You could check it out here: http://doctorxdentist.com/5-ways-restore-missing-tooth/
Hope this helps!