A missing tooth often causes the jaws to shrink as well as sagging of skin. This can weaken the adjacent teeth and lead to bite problems, gum disease, tooth decay, and plaque buildup in them. Therefore, it is necessary to consider a suitable teeth replacement option as soon as possible to avoid any potential oral health issues.
What Are the Causes of Tooth Loss?
There are several reasons for a missing tooth, such as tooth decay, injury, gum disease, or a genetic condition. Irrespective of the cause, there are many options available for replacing a lost tooth and improving the general appearance of your mouth.
What Are the Effects of Missing Teeth on Your Oral and Overall Health?
Since your teeth are naturally designed to work together, missing teeth can affect your eating and speaking activities. For example, you may start using one side of your mouth to eat foods to avoid discomfort in chewing. This can affect your facial muscles.
Also, having a missing tooth restricts you from consuming certain kind of foods, like nuts, meats, raw fruits, and vegetables. Due to this, your body may not obtain all the vital nutrients it needs. This may affect your overall health.
The Three Common Teeth Replacement Options Include:
Dental bridges may be recommended when you have lost more than one adjacent tooth. A dental bridge closes the space created by a missing tooth using a dental prosthetic. The prosthetic is generally attached to the adjacent teeth and then fused in place using dental cement.
Dental implants are considered when you are missing several teeth in different areas or if you want to replace a single tooth. It involves the surgical implantation of a titanium metal post into your lower or upper jaw. Once the implant heals, a replacement tooth is mounted to the implant to keep the tooth firmly in its place.
Full and partial dentures are other popular tooth replacement options. Complete dentures are useful for replacing several missing teeth, and removable partial dentures are an excellent choice for replacing only a few teeth. Dentures are one of the best replacement options for missing teeth, fused to a natural-looking pink base that is designed to match the color of your gum and complement the color of your natural teeth.
If you’re considering tooth replacement, call us today to schedule a consultation to learn which option is best for you.