Why should a person get a replacement for a missing tooth? Well there are many reasons to get it replaced instead of leaving a gap! The first reason is to prevent bone loss. This process, called resorption, begins as soon as the tooth is removed and gets worse over time. The sooner a missing tooth is replaced, the better. Another reason for tooth replacement is to prevent drifting of the teeth. When adjacent teeth have nothing to lean against they will begin to shift and move until there is something there to hold them in place.
There are multiple ways you can go about filling the space where a tooth or teeth are missing. A dental implant is the most like a natural tooth. Implants are becoming more and more common because of their strength and longevity. A fixed dental bridge is another option, as long as there are enough adequate teeth to support it. Bridges are convenient. You don’t need any surgery and they are typically fast to put in. The only drawback to a dental bridge is that the dentist has to prep healthy teeth (abutments) for the bridge. Dentures are another solution for missing teeth because you can have a partial denture which can replace a single missing tooth or several teeth, or a full denture that can replace all of the upper or lower teeth.
The saying “Use It or Lose It” is a great example of what could happen if you do not do anything after losing a tooth. Many avoid eating, smiling or laughing after losing a tooth. When we do not use our muscles, they will deteriorate. If we do not maintain the range of motion of our joints, the body will calcify around the joint to accommodate only the range that we most commonly use. Another example is our eyesight, it will slowly diminish unless we use our full ability to focus at different ranges. The same is true of our jawbone, if we do not fully use our jaw bone, its density can diminish.
Call Dr. Mirsepasi to schedule an appointment to discuss the best tooth replacement option for you. Dr. Mirsepasi, one of the few specialists in this field in the Richardson, TX, area, has advanced post-graduate training to help patients who need to replace missing teeth.