Replace Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can occur for a variety of reasons. In today’s society adults who are between the ages of 20 and 64 usually average 3 or more teeth that are missing or severely decayed. In older adults the problem of missing teeth can be even greater.
Whether you lost your teeth due to excessive dental problems or they were knocked out due to trauma, it is very important to address this issue as soon as possible. Missing teeth can affect your daily life such as the ability to chew and speak with confidence. You may be self- conscience about using that beautiful smile. Even a missing molar, a tooth located in the back and very hard to see, can have an effect on your ability to chew food properly.
Issues that can occur with a tooth loss are not only aesthetic as we discussed above; although missing teeth can have a large impact on the way you feel due to the sometimes unattractive way it looks. The more important factor to consider is the damage it can do to the bone. The alveolar, a sac like bone, is all around your teeth and gives it its support. This bone supporting your teeth needs stimulation so it can maintain its density and shape. On a daily basis your teeth make small contacts with each other continually, this contact helps stimulate the bone, insuring that bone that surrounds your teeth is constantly rebuilding and remodeling itself.
It sounds a bit complicated, but with lack of stimulation the bone that supports your teeth loses height, width and volume. Generally, the width of the bone decreases by 25% in the first year after a lost tooth.
The advances in today’s dental procedures for replacing missing teeth have come a long way. Dr. Thompson can thoroughly go over each treatment available to you and find one that fits your needs and budget. If you are a candidate for any of the following procedures, it is important to consider strength, longevity, stability of these options along with price.