Does your smile have a missing tooth?

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Does your smile have a missing tooth?

Having a tooth gap because of a missing tooth is problematic enough. But if you are missing a tooth at the front of your mouth, it may be quite obvious to others when you smile or talk.

For some, a gap in their smile has character, but for others, it may be an embarrassment to the point where they become self-conscious, and try to suppress their smile and other facial movements. If you are in the latter category, then it may be time to start smiling freely and confidently once again.

Fortunately, our dentists can help you with a range of tooth replacement solutions.

Depending on your suitability for treatment, you can choose from the following dental options:


  • Dental implants* look, feel and function just like a natural tooth. Implants are a fixed, permanent solution for missing teeth. They are comprised of a titanium post which is surgically inserted into your upper or lower jaws where your missing tooth was, and a crown which is attached onto the post. Essentially, getting an implant is the equivalent of getting a brand new tooth.

  • Dental bridges are prosthetic porcelain dental appliances that are reinforced with metal and are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is basically made up of a prosthetic tooth that matches the tooth you have lost. Hollow crowns are attached to each end (or side) of the prosthetic tooth. These crowns actually support the prosthetic tooth in your mouth, and are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth once prepped act as abutments (or anchors) for the bridge appliance.

  • Partial dentures are a removable dental appliance that can replace one or more teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They can be made to fit precisely into the gap or may be attached to surrounding teeth via metal clasps. Partial dentures are usually soaked in a cleaning solution as you sleep at night, and are ready for you to wear when you wake in the morning. They take a little while to get used to, and may need checking and adjusting every six months by your dentist.

To find out more about how we can replace a missing tooth in your smile, call our friendly team on 07 3809 3320.

*AHPRA advises that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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When A Tooth is Knocked Out

when a tooth is knock out

Quick Action can save the tooth

Don’t Delay!

Accidents do occur and teeth are knocked out. With proper emergency action, a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket can be successfully replanted and last for years. It’s important to contact Choice Dental as soon as possible after the tooth is knocked out. If a tooth is knocked out, remain calm and act quickly.

The following steps should be taken:

  • Call your dentist Immediately – TIME IS CRITICAL
  • Handle it by the crown only (not the root) and ensure it is clean. The crown is the smooth white part of the tooth that is normally visible in the mouth. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment.
  • If the root is dirty, and the patient is calm and conscious, they can gently suck the tooth clean. Alternatively, rinse the tooth in milk or very briefly, in water. DO NOT scrape or rub the root surface.
  • Immediately replant the tooth in the socket making sure the tooth is facing the right way around. Time is critical and immediate replacement is best, but should ideally not be delayed beyond 30 minutes.
  • assist with holding the tooth in place the patient can bite gently on gauze or a soft cloth. Aluminium foil may also be used to help stabilise the tooth.
  • If you are unable to replant the tooth, keep it moist. If the patient is able to do so, place the clean tooth in their mouth between the cheek and the gum alternatively in a cup of milk or seal it in plastic wrap.

Points to remember:

  • Do not hold the tooth by the root surface.
  • Do not scrape or rub the root surface.
  • Do not let the tooth dry out.
  • Do not put the tooth in ice.
  • Avoid rinsing or storing the tooth in water for more than a one or two seconds.
  • Do not remove any tissue or gum fragments from the tooth

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