America’s population is made up of a group of diverse individuals and no two people think alike. While some people value their smile and take every step to ensure that their grins are healthy and bright, other people can happily navigate life even with missing teeth. If you have always been devoid of such frivolous beliefs such as vanity, congratulations are in order, and so is a trip to your dentist!
In adults tooth loss can occur unexpectedly due to a myriad of reasons. Regardless of why your smile is filled with gaps, not teeth, dental experts advice patients to tooth replacements as complications can develop over time. Dental gaps are notorious for collecting food and plaque that could contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and bone loss in the jaw line. Plus, missing teeth can contribute to irregular tooth movement which in turn can lead to root damage and extreme wear and tear on a patients gum line and jawbone.
Missing teeth can also contribute to a vicious cycle of bad oral care. Those with missing teeth may be hesitant to visit a dentist because of embarrassment, fear or lack of money to pay for dental care. Avoidance will do nothing but increase the chance of developing additional dental issues. With more dental issues, consumers may be embarrassed to visit their dentist, ensuring that the cycle may continue until it is too late.
Luckily over time there have been major advancements in dentistry providing consumers with plenty of options for filling the void created by the missing tooth in their oral cavity. Some options include:
- Braces: One day, Peter was innocently chomping on a French Fry when his tooth simply gave out and crumbled under the pressure. As soon as he could, he sought the professional advice of his dentist. The dental care specialist first had to remove the fragments of the dead tooth. Ultimately, invisible braces were used to fill the missing gap in his smile. Turns out Peter had an extremely small lower jawbone and shifting his teeth was the most cost effective and painless remedy to his problems.
- Dental Implants: Although getting a dental implant may be costly and time consuming, a skilled dentist can match your smile and make the work look natural. The first step involves cleaning up the area to be treated. If need be, bone grafts or even gum surgery may be required to strengthen the implant area. When that is strong, an anchor is surgically placed into the jawbone of the patient. Over time, a replacement tooth will be permanently affixed to the inflicted area.
- Dentures: Dentures or “false teeth” are a removable dental option for patients with missing teeth. A skilled dentist will properly fit your mouth for a partial or complete set of artificial teeth. Dentures can be customized for either the upper or lower jaw.
- Dental Bridges: A dental bridge is considered to be a type of denture. However this type of oral restoration is permanent affixed to adjacent teeth or dental implants to fill in the void created by a missing tooth.