Missing a tooth can affect your ability to eat, smile, and speak clearly. Most missing teeth can cause pain and discomfort that can be managed in the short term, but it is crucial to consider the long-term implications of not seeing your dentist for a check-up. If you have a single lost tooth, it won’t usually cause any problems. However, if one or more teeth are removed before they have fully developed, these may result in a permanent loss of function. Being the victim of serious tooth injury can have far-reaching consequences. If a tooth is missing or damaged, it is time to contact an oral surgeon who can perform an implant and save your smile.
Jaw Bone Loss at the Site of the Gap
When a jaw bone loss is at the site of the gap, this will be an indication that there has been rapid bone resorption (rebuilding). We can minimize the chances of this by minimizing the amount of damage to that region and reducing inflammation. In some cases, we may have to conduct a bone grafting procedure to restore bone in the gap.
When Neighboring Teeth Shift and Loosen
Neighboring teeth may shift and loosen as they wear away and are replaced. This happens to both children and adults but more often to adults because of the effects of aging, i.e., root development, gum recession, hygienic habits, amount of time spent smiling, etc.
Should Replacing Missing Teeth bother?
Many people worry about the expense and bother of replacing a missing tooth. But not losing a tooth in many cases leads to serious health problems for those who suffer from dental issues. Replacing missing teeth can improve the appearance of your smile, the function of your mouth, and overall health.
What can you do for missing teeth?
Missing your teeth can be disorienting, but there are many things you can do to ease the pain. Your dentist may suggest that you receive dental implants after missing several teeth, as this procedure can provide you with a fixed replacement for your missing teeth. Dental bridges and partial dentures can also be used to replace missing teeth depending on your needs and situation.
How does a prosthodontist help you?
A prosthodontist is a dentist that specializes in the treatment of oral and maxillofacial problems including tooth replacement and reconstruction. A prosthodontist will enhance your smile with custom-made mouthguards, disc replacements, bridge construction, tooth extraction, dentures, and more.
Missing a tooth is serious, especially if you have several other teeth or dental problems. Your loss can result in gum disease, bone loss, nerve damage, and a weakened immune system. Without good oral health, your ability to eat or drink normally can be affected, as will your overall appearance and self-confidence. Missing one tooth may not mean a problem for you now, but the long-term effects can be serious if not treated. Contact Ideal Smiles Dental Care in Plantation, FL for more information.