Missing Teeth

Missing Teeth

Going toothless may have some physical problem, missing teeth can affects diet, trouble speaking, biting force changes, crooked teeth, tooth decay, bone loss, and premature aging- the lack of structure forces the skin to sag and creates a hollow appearance in the cheeks
As you can see, one thing leads to another, and the results can be devastating. Like most dental problems, the dramatic effects produced by missing teeth will increase unless treated.

There are ways to “fill the void” that a missing tooth creates:

Full Dentures— In the case where all teeth have been extracted, a complete set of dentures are used. A full set of fake teeth are placed on a plastic base that fits over the gums. Dentures often need to be readjusted to cope with the changes in gum and bone structure.

Partial Dentures— One or more missing teeth can be replaced with a partial denture. One or several crowns are attached to a metal frame, which then clasps onto neighboring teeth for support. Also called a flipper, a partial denture is removable.
Dental Bridges— A dental bridge also use a series of dental crowns to replace one or several teeth in a row. But, unlike partial dentures, bridges are a permanent solution to missing teeth. The crowns are cemented onto surrounding teeth to keep the bridge in place.

Dental Implants— Perhaps the most stable of all the treatments, dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone. After an implant heals, a dental crown is attached to the top of the implant, securing the fake tooth and preventing it from moving. Implants can also be used to anchor dentures into place. Patients must meet certain health requirements and maintain a significant amount of jaw bone to qualify as a candidate for implants.