What happens if a missing tooth is not replaced?
A missing tooth can lead to potential problems if not treated.
- Drifting and shifting of the neighboring teeth causing an unbalanced bite.
- Increased biting stress on other teeth
- Bone recession in the area of the missing tooth
- The gap between teeth widens, thereby compromising the esthetic effect
- Losing your natural smile
How can a missing tooth be replaced?
1. Removable Partial Denture: (RPD)
It attaches to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.
- Increasing stress on the teeth around the area of the missing tooth.
- Bone recession in the area of the missing tooth.
2. Fixed Bridge
It is a false tooth fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area of the missing tooth. The neighboring teeth are prepared (drilled) to attach a 3-tooth fixed bridge.
- Root canal treatment might be necessary on the prepared teeth.
- Increasing stress on the healthy teeth holding the bridge
3. Dental Implants
It is an artificial tooth root, made of titanium metal. Dentist places it into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. It is a permanent fixture in your mouth that has excellent long-term success.
It also provides more advanced options for replacing a missing tooth than conventional removable partial denture or a fixed bridge.
It helps to preserve healthy teeth and eliminate the risk of dental decay.
Benefits of an Implant
“Keeps a one tooth problem a one tooth problem”
- Replaces one or more teeth without affecting neighboring teeth
- A long lasting solution
- Helps to prevent bone recession
- Eliminates the risk of dental decay
- Improves your speech, overall self-image and increases your ability to eat an array of foods