Why is it Important to Replace Missing Teeth?

Almost half of American adults are missing at least one tooth. There are many factors that play in to losing a tooth. Decay can cause a tooth to be no longer restorable if not treated soon enough. Medications can also cause dry mouth, which leads to a change in the PH balance in your mouth, which can decay teeth at a rapid pace making them brittle and prone to breaking. Periodontal disease can also lead to loss of teeth by bacteria building up under the gum line, causing infection and damaging the periodontal ligament and resulting in bone loss. 

After losing a tooth it is important for your dentist to discuss replacement options to take place promptly. A few different things can happen if you choose to leave the space vacant. Your teeth will immediately start to shift causing your bite to change and misalignment of your existing teeth. You will start to experience bone loss, there is no longer anything to hold your bone at the optimum level. Also, there is an increased chance to develop periodontal disease due to the spaces and shifting, making it difficult to clean hard to reach places. When the doctor discusses these issues that will arise, know that he is taking the best interest in your oral health. You may not notice the negaive changes right away, but they may occur and it will be substantially cheaper to fix the problem as soon as possible. 

There are a few options to replace a tooth. The best option would be an implant. An implant is the best thing you can replace a natural tooth with. It also helps keep your bone level where it should be. Another option is a bridge. Bridges stop your teeth from shifting but they do not stop your bone from decaying. Partial dentures are a good option for those who have many teeth that need to be replaced. A partial denture is removable and will need to be taken out at night and cleaned multiple times a day. They are also the cheapest option for replacing teeth, but they are also not the first recommendation for patients.

In conclusion, if you need a tooth or multiple teeth removed be sure to hear all the options that your dentist has to offer for replacement. It is important for you overall health. Losing teeth changes everything from they way that you eat to the way that you and others view yourself. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this topic!

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Sunday, 20 January 2019