Why it's Important to Replace Missing Teeth
March 15, 2018
Do you have missing teeth? Have you been procrastinating on getting them replaced? If you haven't seen a visible change after you've lost a tooth or multiple teeth you may assume that there are no risks to replacing them. The loss of even one tooth can have a negative impact outside of just aesthetics reasons.
Missing teeth may cause the following:
Affect the way you speak and chew
With the loss of even one tooth, your teeth may redistribute the bite pressure on another tooth and over time cause teeth to shift
Cause neck or jaw pain and eventually headaches
The stability of your arches may become compromised
Cause breathing issues while you sleep
The bone area that surrounds the missing tooth may deteriorate and wear down
Lower confidence, insecurity and self esteem
Replacing your missing tooth should be a priority. Our Mesa Dentist office in Dobson Ranch offers a variety of options to replace your missing teeth. From replacing them in one day with dentures to dental implants, Boyse Dentistry can help.
Options to Replace Missing Teeth
1. Dental Implants
Dental implants are a popular option to replace a missing or damaged tooth. Implants are typically used in place of a bridge or denture. Implants feel like your real teeth and are a long-term solution. Implants do not affect the healthy teeth and can last you a lifetime. Another advantage of dental implants is the improvement of your bite functionality. Compared to dentures, implants are as strong as your real teeth. Boyse Dentistry can replace one or more teeth on the same day. Read all of the benefits of dental implants here.
2. Partial or Full Dentures
Dentures are another great option to replace your missing teeth. Partial dentures can replace a few missing teeth while full dentures replace the entire lower or upper arch. Dentures have come a long way from when your grandparent got them. They are natural looking and fit a lot better than they used to. Dentures do not help prevent bone loss. While dentures are a better price option versus dental implants, they may need to be replaced or adjusted as the bone structure that they were originally fitted for may change.
3. Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is another option to replace your missing teeth. This is a perfect option for those that don't want to wear dentures or afford the cost of dental implants. The bridge will be placed in the space where your teeth is missing. A bridge is used to bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. The bridge is assisted by the real natural teeth or even an implant on either side. It is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on each part of the gap. The anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, and the false teeth that lie in between are called pontics. Another advantage of getting a bridge is that insurance may coverage a good portion of the price. Boyse Dentistry will work with your insurance provider to determine coverage and your out of pocket cost.
To learn more about options to replace your missing teeth, call our dentists office at 480-409-2388 or schedule your dental appointment online here.