Tooth loss in the US is far more prevalent than you might think. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a health survey that shows nearly 40 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws.
It’s More Than a Gap in Your Smile
To understand why replacing a missing tooth is critical, you should first know that the gap in your smile does a lot more than just affect your psychological well-being and your ability to interact comfortably with others.
Tooth loss can also make it difficult to eat a healthy diet, which leads to poor nutrition. Missing teeth are also linked to systemic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Missing teeth also affect a person’s psychological well-being and ability to function in the workplace.
Treating Tooth Loss
Today we are fortunate to have access to state-of-the-art technology and practices that provide us with several options for tooth replacement. Better yet, all the solutions available will leave you with a fully functioning smile that’s so natural only you have to know they are not your natural teeth.
There are several options to consider when facing tooth loss:
- Dental implants – Implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement because they are anchored in your jaw and look, feel, and function as close to natural teeth as possible. We can place one implant to support a crown, or we can use several implants to support a multi-unit bridge or full or partial dentures.
- Fixed dental bridge – Dentists have used bridges successfully for decades. Unlike implants, however, bridges are more of an esthetic solution because they just fill the space with an artificial tooth. Bridges also require the alteration of adjacent healthy teeth.
- Full or partial dentures – Don’t be put off by the idea of dentures. State-of-the-art dentures today are a far cry from the one-size-fits-all version of the past. Today we customize dentures using updated materials that look natural and fit comfortably. We can also combine dentures with implants for the ultimate in support.
Looking for a Solution for Missing Teeth?
At our Doylestown dental office, we offer a comprehensive array of restorative dentistry options including tooth replacement solutions. Please call us if you would like more information!