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.
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!