3 Ways to Replace Missing Teeth

November 13th, 2020

People can lose permanent teeth for many reasons. Whether you sustain a blow to the mouth in an accident or sports injury, suffer from gum disease, or require a tooth extraction because of decay or infection, it’s important to have a plan in place for replacing missing teeth as soon as possible.

Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth

If you have holes in your smile because of missing teeth but choose not to fill them, you leave yourself open to a host of oral health problems and physical changes, including:

·         Sunken-in or compressed appearance – When the jawbone is unstimulated and multiple teeth are missing, a changing face shape is a telltale sign.

·         Jawbone deterioration – Multiple missing tooth roots mean that the jawbone is empty in several areas, leaving it open to deterioration and disintegration.

·         Shifting teeth – When there are multiple unnatural spaces between teeth, the rest of your teeth that remain may shift to fill in those gaps, resulting in a picket-fence like smile and misaligned teeth that are not where they are supposed to be.

·         Worn teeth – Even one missing tooth makes all the neighboring teeth work that much harder to make up for its absence. This can lead to worn tooth enamel, which can lead to oral health problems like cavities, broken teeth, and more.

While it seems like a tooth that isn’t there shouldn’t cause you any problems at all, the opposite is the truth – its absence can wreak havoc on your entire oral health. Replacing missing teeth prevents bigger problems from developing and protects your teeth, gums, and overall appearance.

Dental Restorations to Replace Missing Teeth

There are several reliable ways to replace missing teeth. Depending on your comfort level, budget, and the number of missing teeth and their location in your mouth, one of these dental restorations should work for you:

  1. Dentures: Modern dentures are durable, reliable, and fit well. They are designed to look natural. It does take time to get used to dentures, but they can be fitted to replace an entire arch of teeth or just a section of teeth. What is important to know is that today’s dentures are much improved over your grandparents’ dentures. This is a viable solution for replacing missing teeth.
  2. Dental implants: Dental implants are durable, strong, and long-lasting. They are highly recommended for one or two missing teeth, but can also be used in conjunction with dentures for a permanent restoration. The implants replace both the tooth root and the crown, thereby stimulating the jawbone and contributing to a fully functional smile. Dental implants look and feel natural and, once in place, are never removed.
  3. Dental bridge: A dental bridge is a great dental restoration for one or two missing teeth. The bridge clasps to teeth on either side of the gap where the missing teeth used to be, and it is topped with a prosthetic tooth to fill in the space. Porcelain crowns anchor the bridge in place, making for a stable solution that can eliminate gaps of nearly any size.

Don’t just live with missing teeth – replace them! Contact Atlantis Dental in Framingham, MA, to schedule your consultation and find out what dental restoration is right for you.