Missing Teeth Problems and How to Avoid Them

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Missing Teeth Problems and How to Avoid Them

Teeth can be missing due to a variety of reasons, including genetic defects, tooth decay, injury, or periodontal disease. Additionally, teeth may be removed or extracted due to orthodontic treatment or overcrowding in the mouth. In some cases, people may choose to have their teeth removed for cosmetic reasons.

Missing teeth can cause a variety of problems, including difficulty eating and speaking, changes in facial structure, and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease in adjacent teeth. It can also lead to a loss of self-confidence and self-esteem.

The major problems caused by missing teeth are:

  1. Altered bite: Missing teeth can cause changes in the way the upper and lower teeth come together, leading to an altered bite. This can put extra stress on the remaining teeth, leading to wear, cracking, and even further tooth loss.
  2. Jawbone loss: The roots of teeth provide stimulation to the jawbone, which helps to maintain its density and strength. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone in that area begins to shrink and weaken.
  3. Difficulty speaking and eating: Missing teeth can make it difficult to properly articulate certain words and to chew and bite food.
  4. Shifting teeth: When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth may shift in an attempt to fill the gap. This can lead to misalignment and other orthodontic problems.
  5. Aesthetics: Missing teeth can be unsightly and can affect a person’s self-esteem and confidence.
  6. Oral issues: Increase risk for dental cavities and gum disease.

It’s important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible to prevent or mitigate these problems. A dentist or prosthodontist can help determine the best option for replacing missing teeth based on your individual needs and circumstances.

Ways to Replace Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can be replaced with options such as dental implants, bridges, and dentures. It is important to visit a dentist to determine the best course of treatment for missing teeth.

There are several ways to replace missing teeth, including:

  1. Dental implants: These are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are a popular and effective option for replacing missing teeth as they look and function like natural teeth.
  2. Dental bridges: This option involves attaching replacement teeth to the remaining natural teeth on either side of the gap. Bridges are a good choice if you are missing only a few teeth in a row.
  3. Dentures: These are removable prosthetic devices that can replace multiple missing teeth. Dentures can be full or partial and can be held in place with dental adhesive or dental implants.
  4. All-on-4: This is a popular and effective option for replacing a full arch of missing teeth. All-on-4 utilizes four dental implants to provide support to a full arch of teeth, making it a more cost-effective option compared to traditional implant options.
  5. Flipper: This is a temporary removable prosthetic device that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Flipper is a less expensive option, but it is not as strong or durable as other options.

It’s important to consult with a dentist or prosthodontist to determine the best option for you based on your individual needs and circumstances. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Alena Nawrocki by calling (619) 444-1001 or clicking here. We are located at 707 Arnele Avenue, El Cajon, CA, 92020.

2023-01-26T08:39:21-08:00Dental Blog|