We all want a great smile. When one or more missing teeth bring that image into question, it can influence how we feel about ourselves and what others think of when they see you talking or smiling—especially if the gap is noticeable enough for them to see it immediately. Sometimes we lose teeth due to an accident, an infection or severe tooth decay, and it’s not convenient to get it fixed immediately. Let’s face it, replacing one or more teeth can be pretty expensive. Apart from the noticeable cosmetic effects of missing teeth, there are also the physical aspects of having missing teeth that can add to the discomfort. However, we’re here to help with various dental services to fix your missing teeth.
We’re all unique, and so are our smiles. That’s why at OptiSmile, we strive to provide an excellent experience from the time you walk through our doors until your final visit (don’t forget checkups, though!). It is what makes us different from any other practice in town! Our friendly staff will patiently answer all questions and help you make informed decisions about your missing teeth.
We understand that, as a patient, you want to get your teeth worked on without the hassle of having them fall out or break months later. It’s frustrating and expensive! That’s why our office does it right the first time, so your investment will last years and not days or months.
The use of modern technology is not just for our patient’s comfort. It also helps us provide the best care for missing teeth, as we only work with top-of-the-line equipment, producing the best results.
There are no hidden surprises when dealing with OptiSmile. We have payment options to help you.
OptiSmile is committed to working with what’s already there before damaging any existing structures of your teeth.
Located on the scenic Cape Town Atlantic Seaboard, in Sea Point, our location is accessible with ample parking.
Every tooth counts. Teeth ensure healthy jaw bones and gums and prevent you from looking older than you are. At OptiSmile, we have dealt with many cases of missing teeth, and it’s always staggering to see the difference a restored smile can make to a person’s appearance and confidence. The dental technologies we use in our practice are chosen and used to offer patients the best solutions available. So when you come to OptiSmile for implants, bridges or veneers, you can be assured that we’ll work with you to design the best possible smile.
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, which rest on top of the gums, implants are securely anchored into the jawbone. This provides a more stable and durable foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve the jawbone’s health by stimulating blood flow and preventing bone loss. Because they are so well-designed to mimic natural teeth, dental implants are often the best option for people who want to restore their missing teeth. However, the surgery required to place implants is complex and costly. As a result, it is essential to consult a qualified dentist to see if implants are right for you.
Dental bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is made up of two crowns that are placed over the adjacent teeth, known as abutment teeth. These crowns act as anchors for the false tooth, known as a pontic, which fills the gap created by the missing tooth. Bridges can be made from various materials, including gold, porcelain, and metal alloys. The best and most up-to-date material is called Zirconia. This is very strong and beautiful. In addition, bridges can be supported by dental implants or by natural teeth. Bridges are an effective way to restore the function and appearance of your smile. They are also a relatively affordable treatment option compared to other tooth replacement methods.
Take a look at our most common questions about missing teeth. If you have any further queries, be sure to ask.
Losing a tooth can be a jarring experience, both figuratively and literally. In addition to obvious cosmetic concerns, missing teeth can lead to several other problems, including jaw pain. When teeth are missing, the surrounding bone begins to deteriorate. This can cause the remaining teeth to shift out of place, putting extra strain on the jaw joints and muscles. Over time, this can lead to pain and stiffness in the jaw. Sometimes, it may even make it difficult to open and close the mouth. If you are missing one or more teeth, you must talk to your dentist about ways to prevent jaw pain.
If you’re considering braces or Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you may wonder if you can still get treatment if you have missing teeth. The good news is that Invisalign can be used with missing teeth. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, if you’re missing any back teeth, your dentist or orthodontist will need to place spacers in the empty spaces to ensure that your braces or Invisalign aligners fit correctly. Second, if you’re missing any front teeth, Invisalign will temporarily replace the missing teeth with a moulded tooth attached to the inside of your aligners so nobody can see the gaps.
The answer to this question is a resounding yes. When teeth are missing, the bone that once supported them begins to disintegrate. This can cause the surrounding teeth to shift out of alignment, and it can also lead to changes in the shape of the jaw. As the jawbone deteriorates, it can cause the skin to sag, leading to an asymmetrical appearance. In addition, missing teeth can make it difficult to chew correctly, which can cause facial muscles to become weaker on one side of the face. Over time, this can also contribute to facial asymmetry. Therefore, replacing missing teeth as soon as possible is crucial to avoid these problems.