Your health can be impacted when you have some teeth missing
There’s no doubt that when you have some teeth missing there is an impact on your appearance, especially when you are missing front teeth. But missing teeth can cause other problems as well.
What are the consequences when you have some teeth missing?
- Your teeth are designed to work as a team. As with any team, when some members are absent the team doesn’t work as well as it should. When you have some teeth missing it can cause others to drift into the gap left behind, impacting overall function and causing further breakdown.
- Another point to consider is you can’t chew with teeth you don’t have. Your teeth are essentially stage one of the digestive process – the step in which your food is cut, ground and torn to help your digestive enzymes do their job properly. When you are missing teeth, this stage is less effective.
- Finally, when you have some teeth missing your face loses some of its structural support causing your cheeks and lips to sink in and making you look older.
You have options when it comes to replacing missing teeth
With today’s dental technology, there are very few oral health problems your dentist can’t fix.
Options available for when you have some teeth missing may include:
- Dental implants
- A fixed bridge
- A removable partial denture
What’s the difference between the three?
In most circumstances we consider dental implants to be the most effective treatment option when you have some teeth missing because they don’t just replace the tooth, they replace its roots. A dental implant in Red Deer, AB T4N 6V7 consists of a titanium fixture that’s implanted into your jawbone. Through a process called osseointegration, the implant becomes fused to your jawbone as it heals around it. Once the healing process is complete, the implant is capped with a dental crown or similar restoration that is colour matched to your natural teeth.
Dental implants. however, may not always be the best treatment option. Factors like cost, anatomic variances and the amount of remaining bone can make other treatment options preferable. For these cases, Dr Sandhu will prescribe a fixed bridge or a removable partial denture.
What’s the best teeth replacement treatment?
Until you have a consultation and exam, it’s hard to say, but we’d love to help you answer this question.
By scheduling a consultation and examination, Dr. Sandhu can evaluate your missing teeth and your oral health to help you find the most effective treatment option for you at our dental clinic in Red Deer, AB T4N 6V7.