Missing Teeth: Is It Important to Replace Them?

Posted on: Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Everyone is aware of how missing teeth affects your appearance, and it makes many people very self-conscious to have missing teeth. But missing teeth can affect you in many other ways besides just your appearance. It is very important to replace missing teeth if you are able. Here are some of the reasons you need to replace missing teeth and the options you have for doing so.

Missing Teeth Affects Your Overall Health and Wellbeing

Did you know that missing teeth can affect your health in a number of ways? Your teeth are designed to help you eat and speak properly. Each tooth serves an individual purpose. When you have missing teeth, you are unable to chew effectively, which can affect your dietary habits and nutritional stability. Not being able to eat properly can affect your health in a number of ways, such as weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, and increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Missing Teeth Affects Your Oral Health

Missing teeth also affects your oral health in ways that you might not be aware of. Missing teeth can affect the health of your jaw bone and gums. The gum and bone in your mouth are not given the appropriate stimulation when you have missing teeth. This can cause the bone to shrink down and the gums to pull back away from your remaining teeth. This can put your other teeth at risk.

Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

You have several options for replacing missing teeth, depending on what teeth are missing and how many teeth have been lost. It is important to discuss your options with your dentist to find the right treatment plan for you. All of the options for replacing missing teeth are designed to last for years, and they can be costly; so it is important to choose the right treatment from the beginning.

Fixed Bridge

The dental bridge can be supported by teeth on either side of the gap on either side of the missing teeth. Our doctors after having done the proper examination will recommend a metal free dental bridge to fill in the space where teeth are missing to improve the appearance and function of your mouth.

Partial or Full Dentures

If you have a lot of missing teeth in different areas of your mouth, you might benefit from a partial or full denture. Most dentures are removable, although you can get a permanent denture with dental implants. A partial denture is created based on a mold of your mouth to replace multiple missing teeth throughout your mouth comfortably. If you are missing all of your teeth, a full denture is often the best option.

If you have missing teeth that are affecting your appearance and health, contact us today for more information about your options or to schedule an appointment.

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