Missing teeth can be a cause of concern for people of various ages, starting from a small child to geriatric patients.
There could be different causes for a missing tooth. For children the reason could be decay, congenitally missing or just during the transition phase where milk teeth are shed. For adults or geriatric patients it could be due to decay or gum diseases (weak gums / no bone support).
For children =
If your child’s age is below 12-13 years of age, he is still in the transition phase where his milk teeth will fall off one by one and permanent teeth will erupt. Every tooth has a sequence of exfoliation and eruption. A visit to a dentist and a full mouth X-ray will help understand presence of all tooth buds and their approximate time of eruption.
For adults =
Depending on your dental condition and doctor’s advice, you can opt for a tooth / teeth replacement.
Dental Implant can be an ideal replacement for missing teeth. It is made up of Titanium metal screw which is placed in your jaw bone in place of the missing tooth on which a crown is placed. It can be used to replace any number of teeth, be it one, multiple (implant supported bridges) or the entire arch (implant supported dentures).Implant treatment takes place in two steps – Stage 1 involves the implant placement into your jaw. Once the implant is placed, it takes a period of around 3-6 months for the implant to stabilize in your bone and the gums to heal. Stage 2 includes placement of the crown /
bridge / denture which is attached to the implant.