Not many years ago, losing a tooth left you with few options for tooth replacement. While permanent teeth should provide a lifetime of function, it doesn't always end up that way. They may be lost from an accident, deep cavities, or gum disease. And since teeth start as a full set, even one missing tooth may disrupt the complex function of chewing, the first step in digestion. As teeth slowly lean and migrate into extra spaces, wear and cracking from excessive forces often create escalating problems. When it's time to replace missing teeth, whether it's one or a full set, several options might be available to you. Dental implants often give you the best opportunity to enjoy normal chewing and a full smile, although all therapeutic possibilities deserve consideration. We know it's not always easy for you to sort through the complicated possibilities. Dr. Pham's background in restorative dentistry allows them to develop solutions for every scenario.
Let's explore the cause and effects
When you have lost teeth it is a good idea to visit your dentist as quickly as you can. Teeth that aren't replaced can result in additional problems in your mouth. If you have teeth that are missing it will be harder to chew your food. Not only that, when you talk or smile it will take away from your appearance. Teeth that are near the open area can begin to shift and appear crooked eventually.
Depending on which teeth are missing, your bit can become a problem, and the two front teeth can begin to protrude forward. Sometimes it can cause pain or cavities where the food is hitting the other teeth next to the open spaces.
There are a few methods in the replacement of lost teeth. One is using an implanted tooth rod that acts as the root. This is mounted and secured into the jawbone and the crown is permanently glued to it. This process looks completely natural and has a nice appearance.
Another method is the use of a bridge. This is secured to a fixed tooth on the side of the space. It is permanent and you cannot remove it.
A common and oldest method is using dentures. A denture is also termed as false teeth that you can put in and out at your convenience. It is less expensive than implants and bridges. In some cases, these can slip slightly.
These options are very common in tooth replacement methods. They are all safe and will enhance your appearance and glowing smile.