Replace Missing Teeth in Greensboro

Replacing Missing Teeth - Greensboro NC

Replacements for Missing Teeth

The effects of missing teeth can be detrimental to your long term oral and overall health. Missing teeth can cause your mouth to sag, your teeth to move, and your face to look older than you are. Replacing missing teeth can dramatically improve your smile and shape of your face. This can enhance your dental health and self-esteem.

Replacing Missing Teeth in Greensboro NC

Bad Bite Relationship
Having gaps where teeth are missing affects the way the jaw closes. The remaining teeth begin to tilt and drift into the gaps. In addition, food can become trapped in these spaces, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease. The tilting and drifting can also cause problems for the opposing teeth. An opposing tooth will begin to hyper-erupt and begin to drift into the open space of the missing tooth, causing the opposing jaw-line to have bite relationship problems; thus beginning TMJ problems (problems with the jaw joint).
Jawbone Deterioration
As soon as a tooth is lost, either from gum disease or an extraction, the supporting bone in the jaw begins to dissolve. This process is called resorption. The longer a tooth is missing, the greater the bone loss.

Over time, resorption of the jawbone has a considerable effect on quality of life and on the possibility of replacing the missing teeth. As teeth are lost it becomes more difficult to eat and chew food. Studies have shown that 29 percent of denture wearers eat only soft or mashed foods and 50 percent avoid many foods altogether. Overall health is therefore dramatically affected as diet is altered. And over time, more and more of the jaw bone disintegrates until it becomes very difficult to place any dental restoration.

Options available if you are missing one or more teeth:

Dr. Farless and Dr. Locklear will help guide and determine which treatment option is best for you.

Missing Teeth FAQ
What Are The Causes Of Tooth Loss?

Some of the things that can cause a person to lose their teeth include trauma from an accident and advanced gum diseases. People can lose their teeth for any number of reasons.

How Does Losing a Tooth Affect My Health?

When you lose a tooth, an empty socket opens up in your jawbone. As time passes, your other teeth will gravitate to that open space. This issue can cause you to experience problems with alignment. When you lose a tooth, the structure of your jawbone will become compromised over time. The density of your jawbone will also go down, which will cause your facial area to collapse. Losing one or several teeth can also make your remaining teeth experience additional strain. This pressure can make the teeth that remain more likely to wear down, get fractured, and lead to mobility issues as your teeth shift. These types of problems can make it harder for you to eat. According to recent studies, each missing tooth takes your biting power down by 10 percent. If you lose too many teeth, you might have to stop eating certain foods.

How Can I Replace My Missing Teeth?

You can consider a couple of treatments to replace your missing teeth. They include the following tooth replacement methods:

Flippers: A lab will make these removable devices out of plastic. Flippers can temporarily replace one or several teeth. You won’t want to rely on a Flipper for long term replacement as they are more fragile than other dental replacement methods. Flippers simply don’t last forever. If you choose this treatment, you will need to remove the flipper every night to clean it.

Partials: Partial dentures give you the option of removal for cleaning as well. While they can replace missing teeth as flippers do, they last longer than their temporary cousins. That’s because partials are precision cast in metal as opposed to plastic. Partials will get anchored to your remaining teeth using clasps. You will also have to clean partial dentures on a daily basis.

Bridges: Dental bridges act as a more permanent solution than partials or flippers. In a dental bridge, two crowns get placed on the two teeth surrounding the gap. A false tooth will then get placed between the crowns. Unlike flippers and partials, dental bridges get cemented in the mouth. Therefore, you can’t remove them.

Dentures: If you have lost all of your teeth, your dentist will probably recommend getting a full set of dentures for one jaw or your whole mouth. Whether you can successfully get dentures will depend on the size and shape of your jaw, your oral hygiene, and your ability and desire to adapt to your set of dentures.

Implants: Implants can replace one, several, or all of your teeth. These days, dentists can give you implants that look great and can feel secure in your mouth. However, implants can not act as a tooth replacement option in every case. If you want to get dental implants, you will have to undergo a surgical procedure. You will also need to be healthy, have your gums in good shape, have good bone structure that can hold the implant, and practice good oral hygiene habits and go to the dentist on a regular basis.

Implant Dentures: Implant dentures act as an excellent alternative to dentures for people who have lost all of their teeth on their upper or lower half of their jaw. Traditional dentures may feel loose in your mouth, can cause soreness, and can restrict your diet. Dentures can slide around in your mouth, so this can alter the way that you speak. Implant dentures provide more stability and have more of a natural feel than regular dentures. You can also eat more of the foods that you would have had to avoid with traditional dentures.