May 01, 2017
Do you feel embarrassed about the appearance of your smile because you are missing one or more teeth? Tooth loss is something that happens to a number of people, but there is no reason that you need to live your life with a gap after the tooth is gone. Whether you had an accident that damaged a tooth or you lost the tooth because of decay or other dental complications, the best thing that you can do is talk with our team about the options that are available to replace the missing teeth.
Some people mistakenly think that it isn’t necessary to replace a tooth after it has been lost, but the truth is that there are a number of reasons why you should consider tooth replacements if you are missing teeth. By talking with a dentist, you will be able to learn more about how those missing teeth will impact your overall dental health.
First of all, it is important to understand what happens to the mouth when the tooth is gone. The space where the tooth was once located can start to deteriorate over time, causing bone loss and other problems. These issues can only be avoided with dental treatments such as implants to fill in the space again.
Additionally, the quality of your smile will have a direct impact on your overall confidence and appearance. If you have gaps in your mouth, then it is likely that your dental health is having a negative impact on your self-esteem and the interactions that you are having with other people.
There are a variety of dental treatments that can be used to replace missing teeth. Here are three of the most popular dental treatments:
Dental Implants: The best treatment to consider is a dental implant, because this procedure is long-lasting and it helps to protect the gums and jaw bone within your mouth. A post is placed with a crown on top, mimicking the appearance and function of your original tooth.
Dental Bridges: If several teeth are missing in the same area, then a dental bridge can be used to replace all of the missing teeth at the same time. The bridge is attached to healthy teeth or to implants that are placed within the jawbone.
Dental Crowns: When a portion of the tooth can be saved, then it might be possible to use a dental crown instead of removing the entire tooth. This treatment places the crown over the top of the tooth, maintaining the natural root with a replacement tooth on top.
As you can see, there are a number of different treatments that you can consider for tooth replacement. Contact our office to schedule a consultation, and we will help you choose the right solution for your individual needs.