Most people don’t realize how valuable each tooth is until they lose one or two. It’s at that point that many people understand just how much they use each individual tooth. Just a single missing molar can cause you to chew all of your food on the opposite side of your mouth! You count on those teeth, so when one (or more) goes missing, you need to find an effective replacement that will allow you to carry on as normal.
A dental bridge is a classic tooth replacement option. Using a combination of crowns and false teeth, the bridge can fill the gaps in your smile while allowing you the comfort of knowing that your smile looks whole. Bridges are great for patients who are planning to get a dental implant in the future but are not ready just yet.
In order to replace a full arch of teeth, dentures are a very common selection. Dentures have been around for many centuries (the first dentures were formed in 700 B.C.!), but dentures in the past decade or so have really improved the feel and function for denture wearers. Not only are the dentures themselves more comfortable and natural-looking, but they can be paired with dental implants to create a more stable solution.
Dental implants are a fantastic restoration for single, multiple, or complete tooth loss. Implants actually restore the root of your tooth, and we place a restoration on top of the implant to replace the missing teeth.
Why is this important? Your tooth root supports your tooth, but it also stimulates the jawbone. Without that tooth root there, your bone will begin to disappear. As more teeth are lost and time passes, the bone will change the shape of your jaw and age you well beyond your years.
Getting a new set of teeth has never been as easy as it is with a same-day tooth replacement. You will come in one morning and have dental implants placed around the arches of your mouth. Before you leave, we can attach a set of dentures to your implants to complete your restoration!
Ignoring Gaps is Not an Option
You may be tempted to ignore your missing teeth and just deal with the gaps, but don’t be fooled. Those gaps are doing much more harm than good. Earlier we mentioned chewing on one side of your mouth because you are missing teeth on the other side. That consistent uneven chewing can actually lead to problems with the TMJ (jaw joint), which will lead to even more issues!
Your best bet is to always replace a missing tooth. It is in your best interest. Call (503) 305-5051 or contact us using our online form to set up an appointment or consultation where we can discuss your options with you. A consultation is also a great opportunity for you to bring up any concerns or questions that you may have, so write them down ahead of time! We can’t wait to help you have a complete smile once again!