Mar
14
2011

Replacing Missing Teeth

Are you missing any teeth?  Patients lose teeth for any number of reasons: large cavities, infection, trauma or Tooth Decayperiodontal disease.  Whatever the reason, Dr. Beck at Mt. Tabor Dental can give patients a number of options for replacing missing teeth.

Why Replace Missing Teeth?

We are designed to function at our best with a full set of teeth. Each tooth – including eye-teeth, incisors, bicuspids and molars – have a specific job in maintaining good digestive and oral health.

There are many reasons why missing teeth must be replaced.  The most important reason is that over time, the remaining teeth continue to shift and grow into the space, possibly complicating future treatment. This movement also puts greater stress on remaining teeth, leading to jaw pain. Greater occurrences of tooth decay are likely, since shifting teeth result in spaces that harbor plaque and are difficult to clean.

Missing teeth can also lead to additional loosened or broken teeth, as well as jaw bone loss. These conditions cost more money and pain to treat in the long run.

Options to Replace Missing Teeth

Dealing with missing teeth can be an uncomfortable and even painful experience. Fortunately, there are many ways to treat permanent tooth loss in adults.

  • Dental Bridges – If you’re missing adjoining teeth, a bridge can be made to replace them. Bridges are cemented to remaining teeth in order to stay immobile.
  • Partial Dentures – Attaching to remaining teeth using a metal frame, these partial dentures are removable.
  • Full Dentures – A set of full dentures are used when all remaining teeth are removed. They fit over the gums, are removable, and need regular adjustment.
  • Dental Implants – Instead of removable dentures, a set of implants can be surgically inserted into remaining jawbone and fitted with crowns.

Prevent Further Problems

Once missing teeth have been replaced, it’s important to continue good dental hygiene to keep your mouth healthy. Brush twice a day and floss once each morning or evening to keep food particles away from the cracks and crevices where they tend to hide.

It’s also extremely important to visit Dr. Beck at Mt. Tabor Dental at least twice a year for regular dental checkups!

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