May 16, 2017
Have you accidentally knocked out a tooth or two in an accident or playing a sport? Have you’ve been informed by your dentist that you have a couple teeth that are in such bad shape that they need to be extracted?
Regardless of how you lose a tooth or two, an embarrassing and possibly, problematic gap will remain where the tooth was.
The easiest and least expensive option is to leave the gap unfilled. Chances are, you won’t want this look. A missing tooth in a prominent place in your mouth can make for a lifetime of eating and speaking difficulties and discomfort.
The gap will also become a source of self-consciousness. No more smiling in public. The lack of self-esteem lowers your self-confidence as well which can lead to an unsatisfying life.
Maybe the tooth is in an inconspicuous place in the back of your mouth. You may not have the embarrassment or lowered self-confidence. You may still experience eating and speaking discomfort and difficulties.
Regardless of where in your mouth the gap from your missing tooth is, more serious dental issues can occur over time that are below the surface.
Going long periods without treating the gaps caused by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift and become crooked. Your jawbone where the tooth was will become weak and shrink. This can open the doors to gum disease, root canal issues and a drooping face.
An Alternative to Missing Teeth
While that all may frighten you to do something about your missing teeth gaps, you may be wondering what options you have.
You can’t think of anything other than dentures. You’re sure that even partial dentures are a little much for one or two missing teeth.
You would be right.
Partial dentures are best suited for individuals with multiple missing teeth, not just one or two here and there.
When you come in to see us, we’d likely recommend dental implants. Most patients with healthy, strong gums and jaws are good candidates for implants.
Dental implants are mad of two parts: a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone and a ceramic, porcelain or composite crown that is placed over the screw.
The crown is shaped and colored to best match the rest of your teeth. The post of the implant is what secures the crown and preserved the strength of your jawbone. It also keeps the other teeth from shifting.
With advancing technology and techniques as well as improved knowledge, the dental implant procedure has become routine and relatively painless.
As the posts are securely inserted into the jaw, dental implants are a more permanent, longer-lasting option than dentures. Implants also don’t need to be taken out when eating or sleeping like dentures.
Implants are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth, which make them the best option in many cases.
If you have a couple missing teeth, don’t wait to get them treated. The longer you wait, the more serious dental issues can occur and the longer you’ll live with an embarrassing gap.
At Lake Point Dental we’ll help you get back your healthy, beautiful smile with implants. Contact us today to set up an appointment.
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