Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons, from dental disease or oral trauma to a broken tooth that cannot be easily repaired. Some people experience a congenitally absent tooth, meaning a permanent tooth never came in to replace a baby tooth.
Losing your teeth can impact both functionality and overall health
Missing even one tooth in your mouth can significantly impact the way your mouth functions. Each tooth acts somewhat like a keystone in an arch keeping all the other teeth in place. When one is missing, eventually the gum bridge which holds your other teeth may begin to thin and suddenly your other teeth may begin to shift.
Eventually, tooth loss may make it become more challenging to eat as your front teeth were not intended for chewing like your back ones were. This not only can impact your food choices but your nutrition and overall health. In addition, tooth loss can affect the way you feel as you smile, laugh, talk and even sing.
Losing your teeth can lead to cosmetic changes in face
The vertical height of your face can also be affected by tooth loss. When your posterior teeth, your back teeth, are lost, the face tends to lose height called ‘posterior bite collapse.’ Your facial appearance may also change as your jaw adjusts to its lack of structure causing wrinkles to form in the face and drooping at the corners of the mouth.
How can restorative dentistry help?
Restorative dentistry can help you re-establish full oral health and function for eating, talking, as well as improve the way you look. There are several effective options available when you need to replace a missing tooth.
- Dental Implants and Mini-Dental Implants
There are multiple benefits to using implant technology. Dental implants are substitute tooth roots that anchor a replacement tooth or crown, a set of replacement teeth, or a denture plate. Mini implants are a simple and less invasive procedure and cost about 1/3 the cost of conventional implants.Not only do implants restore your mouth as closely as possible to a natural state, they provide a strong and stable foundation to allow comfortable biting and chewing. Dental implants allow adjacent teeth to stay uncompromised.
- Fixed Bridge or Fixed Partial Dentures
The fixed bridge or fixed partial denture is a device used to replace your missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, also known as abutment teeth. They are applied by either bonding artificial teeth to the abutment teeth or by placing crowns on the adjacent teeth. Since these teeth are bonded, they can only be removed by a dental professional.
- Removable Bridge or Partial Dentures
The removable bridge or partial denture is exactly that, an oral device used to replace your missing teeth that can be removed and cleaned. It typically consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place. It is similar in function to the fixed bridge or fixed partial denture and is a popular option for people who lack the required teeth to serve as a support for a fixed bridge.
Please contact Cambridge Family Dentistry for a free consultation, especially if you have any questions or concerns about how you can prevent the cosmetic and structural effects of tooth loss.
Please contact us by calling:
(316) 687-2110 or toll-free (877) 687-2110.
We look forward to meeting you.
The Cambridge Family Dentistry clinic is located at 2020 N. Webb Road in Wichita, Kansas
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