Replacing a Missing Tooth

Looking for a way to replace your missing tooth? Even just one missing tooth can lead to your experiencing multiple oral problems. One of these problems is a shifting of the teeth as there is no longer a full row of teeth. That is necessary to keep them all in their proper place.

Once your teeth begin to shift out of their proper positions, they will be harder to clean, which increases your chance of being diagnosed with cavities. Missing a tooth can also make it more difficult for you to chew your food or even talk. That makes tooth replacement essential even when just missing one tooth.

Common reasons for losing teeth

Thinking one missing tooth is not a big deal? It really is a big deal, even if the missing tooth is located near the back of the mouth. Every single tooth in your mouth plays a very important role. That makes it essential for you to replace any tooth when it is lost. Some of the more common reasons why adults will lose a tooth include poor oral hygiene, poor food choices, falling down, being involved in an automobile accident and grinding or clenching their teeth on a regular basis.

Replacing a missing tooth

According to the American Academy of Prosthodontists, approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and at least 40 million are missing all of their teeth. The following is a list of some of the more popular tooth replacement options people are choosing nowadays.

Dental implants

Dental implants are a popular way to replace one missing tooth. This is the only option available that replaces a missing tooth with a false tooth that acts and looks just like a natural tooth. An implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone, which allows it to act just like a natural tooth. Once the patient has healed from the surgery, an abutment is added to the implant so that a false tooth can be placed over the implant. Since every false tooth is custom-made, the implant also looks just like a natural tooth.

Dental bridges

Dental bridge options are many and include cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges and traditional bridges. The option used will depend on the location of the missing tooth. A bridge works by using a dental crown to replace the missing tooth, which is held in place when the bridge is secured to one or more of the adjacent teeth.

Removable partial denture

Removable partial dentures replace a missing tooth by using a small appliance that includes a false tooth. They fit comfortably into the mouth as they are custom-made for every patient.

Are you missing a tooth?

Ready to replace your missing tooth? You do not want to wait too long to replace your missing tooth. When you do, your chances of experiencing poor oral health increase.

Now that you understand some of the more common tooth replacement options people are choosing nowadays, which one do you think will work ideally for you? Or maybe you are still trying to decide between your options? We can help you!

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