Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
One of the first reasons people think of replacing missing teeth is for aesthetic improvement. There is no doubt that tooth loss can significantly detract from the appearance of your smile, but this is far from the only reason to address the issue.
Missing teeth are both a cosmetic and functional problem. In fact, tooth loss can result in serious oral health issues and may even impact the health of your entire body. Dr. Chélise Kasun offers both dental bridges and dental implants to address this issue. The solution most suited to meet your needs can only be determined through a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth and gums.
Functional Issues from Tooth Loss
When you are missing a tooth, the position of your bite can change. This can result in uneven tooth wear and damage or the eventual loss of other teeth. In addition to uneven tooth wear, teeth adjacent to a missing tooth will eventually shift into the empty space. This further changes your bite and may result in painful issues such as TMJ.
Another concern with missing teeth is changes to the structure of your jaw. Missing teeth cause the bone beneath the site of the teeth to deteriorate. The longer a tooth is missing, the more your jaw will shrink or collapse, which can impact bite tension as well as your facial appearance. Only dental implants address this particular issue, making them a longer-term solution than dental bridges. However, it is still important to replace missing teeth even if you are not a good candidate for dental implants.
Missing teeth can impact your dietary choices, increase your risk for gum disease, and cause serious neuromuscular issues. If you are missing one or more teeth, talking to Dr. Kasun about your options is the first step in avoiding these problems while also restoring beauty to your smile.