We like to save a tooth whenever possible, but sometimes it’s not. Teeth can be lost due to injury or disease. When a tooth is lost, it is best for your oral health to restore the tooth. At Singing River Dentistry, we can discuss multiple restoration options and help you find the best solution to fit your individual needs.
Why is tooth loss a problem?
Many patients question the problem with tooth loss. Previous generations experienced extraction and tooth loss as a much more typical option. Today, we have greater understanding on why tooth loss is problematic and what to do if extraction is necessary.
When a tooth is lost, there are both immediate changes, and long term changes that occur. Immediate changes include adjustments to how you chew, changes to your diet and bone loss. Long term changes include shifting of neighboring teeth, continued bone loss that can cause neighboring teeth to suffer, and uneven wear on teeth that are now doing a majority of the chewing. Additionally, the tooth that once met with the now missing tooth even suffers bone loss because it is not making contact with the now missing tooth to provide the stimulation the bone needs. Patients often ask if missing teeth alleviate overcrowding, but it’s never a good idea to allow neighboring teeth to shift out of control, as it would rarely be in your favor.
Replacing Missing Teeth
When a tooth is lost, or multiple teeth are lost, we can rebuild and restore them with dental prosthetics. Prosthetic devices include a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. Each of these devices come with some options in materials, how many teeth they can be used to restore, and how they are retained. Some information includes:
Schedule an Appointment
If you have missing teeth, contact Singing River Dentistry at 256-712-3549 and we will be happy to schedule an appointment to discuss your tooth replacement options.