When you’re missing one or more teeth, it’s an aesthetic issue that can make you want to hide your smile. But it isn’t just an aesthetic issue. Missing teeth can also have harmful impacts on your oral health. Dr. James White, a dentist in Las Vegas, NV, explains why you should replace missing teeth, as well as the options available at our office.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
When you have missing teeth, not only do you have a gap in your smile, but the remaining teeth try to fill that gap. They’ll shift and move in your mouth, resulting in awkward spacing and an uneven bite. Bite problems can lead to issues with TMJ disorders or broken teeth because of the way bite pressure impacts your teeth.
Depending on where the missing teeth are in your mouth, it can also lead to issues when you’re biting or chewing food, or even speaking. Each one of your teeth has a specific role in the mouth. When one of them is missing, it makes it more difficult for them to do their job. When the tooth root goes missing, it also contributes to bone loss and the appearance of facial sagging.
Lastly, when you’re missing teeth, it contributes to more oral health problems with the rest of your teeth. You’re more likely to suffer tooth decay in the remaining teeth. You’re also more likely to lose more teeth after losing one.
Tooth Replacement Solutions
At our office, we offer multiple options to replace your missing teeth. The most recommended is dental implants, often considered the gold standard of tooth replacement. Implant posts replace the tooth root, making it the only solution to do so. This stops further bone loss from occurring in the jawbone, and can even reverse some of the deterioration that’s already occurred.
Dental implants are nice because they can be used for any number of missing teeth. While the final restoration for dental implants is commonly a dental crown, a fixed bridge or denture can be used as well. You get back 100% of your bite function and don’t have to change your diet. They’re the easiest to take care of, as well as the most natural look and feel.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental bridges are also an option. These are secured by two natural teeth, or we can use dental crowns to minimize the strain on your teeth. A bridge is a more economical option compared to implants, but aren’t quite as functional. You’ll still get back the appearance of a full smile.
Lastly, dentures are used to replace a full arch of missing teeth, but partials are also available. They’re one of the most popular tooth replacement solutions because they’re a good value up front and an easy way of replacing multiple missing teeth. This helps to give you back the benefits of a secure and stable bite.
Replacing Missing Teeth at Your Las Vegas, Nevada Dentist
We’ll help you find the perfect solution to replace your missing teeth. Call us or schedule an appointment online.