3 Options for a Missing Tooth
A missing tooth might be the result of gum disease, injury, severe tooth decay, or a genetic condition. Regardless of the way a tooth is lost, it can impact a person in multiple ways.
- Missing teeth can negatively affect how your teeth are aligned. Teeth will start to shift to fill the missing area causing a change in bite. This in turn can cause issues with grinding, tooth fractures, and/or tooth wear. When teeth are missing your jawbone starts to shrink.
- Missing teeth can affect your ability to chew. When someone is missing opposing teeth used for chewing, fresh fruits and vegetables often end up being avoided. Relying on soft foods that are easily chewable results in a decline in nutrition and health.
- Missing teeth can affect your confidence with altered appearance and even speech.
There are excellent options available to replace your missing tooth.
- Tooth-Supported Bridge: uses your existing teeth to support the placement of a bridge and crowns are placed on the teeth, which are next to the missing one and cemented into place.
- Removable Partial or Full Dentures: When a few teeth are missing false teeth are created with clasps to hold it in the correct place. If missing all your teeth, you can get full dentures.
- Dental Implants: uses a screw that is placed in the jawbone and a crown is anchored to the implant.
Types of Dental Implants
There are different types of dental implants, depending on how many teeth are missing. If you are missing one tooth, you may need a single implant, whereas if you’re missing several teeth, you may need an implant supported bridge or an implant retained over-denture.
- Overdenture: A removable denture anchored to the implants.
- Implant-Supported Bridge: Several teeth are replaced with a bridge, anchored to implants.
- Single Implant: A crown anchored to an implant.