It doesn’t matter whether you were born without a particular permanent tooth or if you lost one or more from decay or injuries – the important thing is that you understand the necessity in replacing permanent teeth. Leaving teeth un-replaced can create worse dental problems and inhibit your ability to chew food properly. If you have ever noticed, people who are missing teeth – they also tend to look much older and can be very self-conscious of their smile, which hinders them in working and personal relationships.
Here is a list of dental problems which can be caused by not replacing one or more missing teeth:
Speech and aesthetic problems.
- The drifting and continued growth of the remaining teeth can cause problems in the way your teeth bite together, causing jaw problems and headaches.
- The changing in spacing between teeth, due to drifting teeth, can trap food and make home care more difficult causing or worsening gum disease and thus potentially lead to the loss of more teeth.
Dental implants are a replacement for the root of a tooth, so that another restoration can then be placed over the implant – like a crown, a bridge or even a denture. The implant is made of titanium and it is surgically placed in the bone, where the tooth root(s) once were. Once an implant has healed, then a crown or other restoration can be made to fit over it. Implants are also a permanent replacement option. Once in place with a restoration attached, your replacement teeth have the same function and look as your natural teeth. A single implant can support a crown to replace a single missing tooth. If you need a bridge or denture to replace multiple missing teeth, then you will need 2 or more implants for these restorations.
Dentures are removable and can be made to replace all the teeth in an arch (full dentures) or just some of the teeth (partial dentures). Custom dentures, which are the type made in our office, take a number of visits to complete.
The right dental treatment to replace your missing tooth or teeth will be based on many factors, including the number of missing teeth, the location of the space to be filled, the condition of remaining teeth, the absence or extent of gum disease and the health of the supporting bone. Many times financial concerns may also influence which method of replacement teeth you decided on. At Integrated Smiles you will always receive a financial consultation when new services are recommended so you can make a fully informed decision.