Blog - Shoreline Periodontics & Dental Implants

Importance of Fixing Missing Teeth

It is not ideal to be missing teeth and it can actually affect your health. Missing teeth can cause your jaw to weaken and your teeth can even begin shifting. Depending on the reason you have lost a tooth or teeth, can also affect the teeth around it, especially if gum diseases and decay were the cause. New technology is always coming out, and it is no different in the dental world. For missing teeth, dentists have a lot of options to treat their patients.

Bridges: Bridges, like dentures are removable. Bridges are made to fill the gaps in-between missing teeth. Bridges will need to be replaced over time, and you may need to see your dentist to have them replaced in your mouth if they fail. Bridges if needed can also be fixed. This will cause extra security if it is necessary for your lifestyle.

Dentures: Dentures are usually removable, and are chosen by many patients. The base is flesh toned, which provides a natural look. It is important to understand that dentures can be fragile, so they should be handled with care, especially when removing them. Dentures will need replacing overtime.

Implants: Dental implants are for the most severe cases. Implants involve placing titanium rods into the gums, to act as your teeth roots. Then an abutment is attached on the rod, which will hold the crown. The finished look of dental implants is natural and provides extreme strength and permanency. Implants don’t slip, and you can treat them as natural teeth in the way you care for them. Dental implants provide you freedom of enjoying all of your favorite foods.

If you are struggling with missing teeth and need a solution, see your dentist for help. When you have a consultation scheduled, your dentist will be able to walk you through your options and help you choose the best choice. Each option comes at a different price point, so expressing your thoughts on how much you would like to pay will also help make the decision easier.