Do you feel self conscious about your missing teeth?

April 17, 2018
Posted By: Beale & Cullen

Maybe you find yourself hiding your smile with your hand or not smiling in photos.

Often we find patients who replace missing teeth saying to us, "I can smile again! I'm not self conscious anymore."

Read more of our blog to find out some of the options we can offer you to stop you hiding your smile.


You don't HAVE to replace missing teeth but whether you do or whether you don't we think it is important you make an informed choice.

If you are missing a tooth and you don't like the look of it then replacing the tooth or teeth makes sense.

Missing teeth can also affect how you chew. It's simple physics really. If you're missing a tooth then other teeth have to work harder putting extra force on them. This can have an almost domino effect leading to these other teeth being overloaded and breaking or wearing down creating even bigger problems.

Just as when you take a book out of a tightly stacked book shelf and the other books shift the same thing happens over time when teeth are removed and not replaced. Adjacent teeth close in on the gap creating issues with cleaning and function and making it hard if you decide in the future you want to replace the teeth and the gap has narrowed too far.

Every case is different but we have some great options for missing teeth ranging from a simple denture to implants that can restore a single tooth or multiple missing teeth.


Our cosmetic flexible dentures are comfortable, secure and look amazing. We also make metal dentures, precisely engineered to achieve an incredible fit. Dentures are removable and you will be advised to remove your denture at night to give your gums a chance to rest.


In the right situation we can use adjacent teeth to bond a fixed bridge that replaces your missing teeth. You will love having your missing tooth solution fixed in your mouth but we are reluctant to place bridges in situations where the adjacent teeth have never been drilled.


These are the top shelf solution to missing teeth and although implants cost more than the other options they are a fixed solution that requires no preparation to adjacent teeth. We work in a team with an oral surgeon and our lab technician to plan and execute an implant treatment solution unique to you. More and more patients are requesting implants as a solution to their missing tooth or teeth and the natural looking results are truly amazing.

Whatever option you choose for your missing teeth from doing nothing to having an implant based solution the team at Beale and Cullen Dental will support your choice.

Call now for a free ten minute "missing tooth" consultation and you will be on the way to showing off your smile.

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