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The Consequences of Missing Teeth

Consequences Of Missing Teeth

GAPS ARE A BIGGER DEAL THAN YOU THINK
The goal of most dentists is to help each patient keep all of their own teeth as long as possible. As dental health awareness, patient education, and technology have progressed over the years, dentists now see fewer missing teeth than before. Still, lost teeth can happen and many patients think it is not a big deal if they are missing a tooth and they choose not to replace it. However, a lost tooth is more than just a gap in your smile; they can result in big problems. The longer a tooth is lost, the bigger your problem may get. DentalWorks in Chicago, IL is skilled at replacing missing teeth with different advanced dentistry options. Read more about dental restorations before contacting us to schedule your consultation at DentalWorks in Chicago, IL.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU'RE MISSING A TOOTH
If you have heard of muscle atrophy, you understand that without stimulation and exercise, our muscles can waste away. The same scenario occurs with your gums and jawbone. Holding each tooth root in place keeps your gums and jaw stimulated. When you lose even one single tooth, the bone and gum tissue holding that tooth begins to weaken from lack of use. Patients who are missing all of their teeth on their top, lower, or both arches can be so impacted by atrophy that their jaw begins to appear sunken. Patients who have lost teeth, whether it be a single tooth, many, or more, can also notice negative consequences in their overall health as well as their quality of life. It could be difficult to chew properly or speak clearly. People with several missing teeth may suffer from self-esteem issues. This can also start to influence their social life as they start to avoid going places they used to love. Dental professionals across the country highly advise addressing missing teeth to avoid the many problems that could occur.

TREATMENT OPTIONS
Maybe your decision to not address your missing tooth is a cost issue or perhaps you simply didn’t realize that there were long-term problems. However, if you're missing teeth, it’s important that you look into your options for tooth replacement. The longer you wait to replace a tooth, the bigger your risk for further gum and bone loss along with other troubles. Common restoration treatments include implants, bridges, partials, and dentures.

  • IMPLANTED RESTORATIONS
    Most dentists think dental implants are the best option for replacing a lost tooth or teeth. Advances in dental restorations have made implant dentistry a leader in the treatment for missing teeth. The main reason is because they can replace the visible portion of the tooth as well as the tooth root. Implant-supported restorations eliminate future bone loss since the metal post is embedded into the gums, stimulating the bone and keeping it functioning like normal. The restoration will be attached to the metal implant(s). There are many benefits to getting a dental implant. Implants function and look like real teeth, plus they can last a long time. The main downside to implants is a longer recovery period and cost. In spite of the recovery and high cost, implants are the preferred approach to replace missing teeth.

  • A DENTAL BRIDGE
    Dental bridges are set of replacement teeth that are held in place in the mouth by attaching to existing healthy teeth. A dental bridge is comprised of a false tooth with a dental crown on both sides. These crowns are cemented to nearby teeth to fill the gap left behind by your missing tooth. A dental bridge can keep the rest of your teeth from shifting, but they do not prevent jaw and gum atrophy. Bridges can last for quite some time. They also usually cost less than implants.

  • DENTURES (PARTIALS AND FULL)
    Full or partial dentures are a dental appliance or restoration that are often used if you need to replace all or most of the teeth on the upper, lower, or both arches. This type of restoration is made up a plate that supports a group of false teeth that adhere to your natural gums. Custom made in a dental laboratory, modern dentures are created to look natural. Partials dentures can be used for patients who are missing many, but not all their teeth. Although partial and full dentures restore the appearance and function of your smile, they cannot prevent bone and gum atrophy. Those with removable dentures will eventually undergo some amount of atrophy along with a change in the shape of their lower face. This is another reason that implanted restorations are the preferred solution for the replacement of missing teeth.

REPLACE MISSING TEETH
If you are suffering from missing teeth, you should know the risk of ignoring them. When you want to find out more about your restoration options, we invite you to contact DentalWorks in Chicago, IL. Our modern office offers several options for dental restorations and we can help you choose one that meets your needs and budget. We take many payment methods and, if needed, our compassionate staff is able to help you find special medical financing. Get your missing teeth fixed so you don't have to deal with the consequences of leaving them alone. We look forward to speaking more concerning the subject of missing teeth during your private consultation.

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