The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

importance of replacing missing teeth

Are you missing a tooth or two? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has at least three decayed or missing teeth. Being in good company, though, isn’t really good news. The fact is, it is in your best interest to see to it that your missing teeth are replaced as soon as possible.

Why so? Leaving tooth gaps untreated, especially for a long time, can cause various oral health problems. The resulting complications then often require extensive and expensive restorative and cosmetic dental treatment.

Below are some of the complications that can result from ignoring missing teeth:

  • Shifting of Teeth: When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth may begin to settle into the open gap, shifting your teeth out of its natural alignment. In time, it will turn a once straight, beaming smile into a crooked one. Going to the dentist as soon as you lose a tooth before shifting occurs can prevent this from happening.
  • TMJ Syndrome: Bite problems may also occur when teeth shift out of alignment as a result of missing teeth. The jaw joint, or TMJ, may then be strained beyond the usual and damage if the upper and lower jaws don’t meet properly.
  • Gum Disease / Tooth Decay: Once teeth have begun to shift out of its normal alignment, it’ll be harder for you to clean certain spots with your toothbrush or floss. This can result into tooth decay and periodontal disease, which in time may cause even further tooth loss.
  • Bone Deterioration / Change In Appearance – When tooth gaps are left untreated, the tooth root from the missing teeth can cause bone deterioration. In time, this can alter the shape of your face and cause a rather undesired change in your appearance.

Possible Treatment Options

Fortunately, there are plenty of tooth replacement options available at your preferred dental health care professional, namely:

  • Dental implants – Artificial tooth root that’s surgically implanted into your jaws. These are considered as the most sturdy and best option for those looking for a long-term solution for tooth replacement. They’re also the most similar to natural teeth and can last for years, if not decades. Dental implants are also the most expensive treatment option.
  • Bridges – These are devices that bridge the gap where your missing tooth or teeth used to be. These are attached to the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap for support.
  • Dentures – These are removable oral appliances that are made up of a number of artificial teeth and are best recommended for those who’re missing more than a few teeth. Full dentures are made to replace a full set of teeth. Meanwhile, overdentures are made to fit over any remaining teeth.

Did you lose a tooth recently? Then, wait no more! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Farless as soon as possible to discuss what your treatment options are. Doing so immediately helps you preserve your smile and prevent any further problems, as well as costs, in the future. Call today at 336-282-2868.