Here's What Happens When You Don't Replace That Missing Tooth

If you’re missing a tooth or even several teeth, you are not alone. Missing teeth are a common problem among adults who have suffered from gum disease or tooth injury. Of course, missing teeth affect your appearance, but if you lose a tooth or two (or more), the problem is much bigger than what your smile looks like.

To protect against problems that affect your dental and overall health, you need to replace the missing teeth as soon as possible. From an oral health perspective, missing teeth can change the way you bite and weaken your jawbone over time. From an overall health perspective, failure to address missing teeth can lead to such conditions as diabetes and heart disease.

At Sacred Dental & Associates in Stockbridge and Conyers, GA, Dr. Agatha Nwizu offers different solutions for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Nwizu determines which option is best for you, ensuring that your replacements look and feel just as good as your natural teeth. 

Why you should not ignore missing teeth

Missing teeth can cause additional tooth loss and decay. Gum disease that often results from missing teeth is linked to other health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. 

Healthy teeth provide a barrier of protection between your mouth and the outside world. Teeth that are missing or damaged provide a breeding ground for bacteria, leaving you susceptible to infection. 

When your body senses that you’re missing a tooth, it attempts to fill the gap by shifting positions. Teeth affected by misalignment or disease may require more extensive dental work that can be costly. 

And your jaw requires regular stimulation to maintain its shape. When your teeth are missing teeth, your jawbone doesn’t get the stimulation it needs, resulting in the loss of bone mass. This, in turn, alters the shape of your face and creates instability in your mouth, eventually leading to further tooth loss. 

How do you replace missing teeth?

The most common solutions to fill gaps or prevent disease and misalignment are partial dentures and dental implants

Partial dentures 

Partial dentures are made to replace only teeth that are missing. They’re a removable appliance that has a pink base to match your gums and fake teeth that appear natural. Dentures can help you regain your smile, ability to speak, chew, and digest your food. 

Dr. Nwizu is trained to fit and make comfortable, aesthetically pleasing dentures for the unique shape of your mouth. 

Implants 

Dental implants are the sturdiest and most stable tooth replacement option. Implants involve inserting a titanium rod into your tooth socket. Your jawbone naturally heals over the area, fusing the implant to your bone. Then Dr. Nwizu attaches a prosthetic tooth to the implant. 

Implants are not an option that works for everyone. Dr. Nwizu evaluates whether an implant may be right for you. Adults who have healthy gums and jawbones are generally good candidates for the procedure. 

If you’re missing one or more teeth and want to ensure your oral health, call one of our two locations or book an appointment using our online tool.

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