Consequences Of Missing Teeth
No matter the reason for your tooth loss, there are serious consequences to leaving gaps in your smile and not replacing your missing teeth. At Texas Dental Group, we offer several restorative options to replace one or more missing teeth and protect the rest of your smile.
Missing teeth negatively impact the aesthetics of your face. Your smile will suddenly be incomplete and large gaps where your teeth used to be will become obvious to anyone who looks at your smile.
Additionally, if you’re missing several teeth, the skin around your mouth may start to sag because the skin isn’t being properly supported. This sagging skin will cause wrinkles and make you look older than you really are.
If you lose a tooth and wait too long to replace it, the bone that once supported the tooth could also begin to deteriorate, further affecting the shape of your face. Additionally, the surrounding teeth will shift into the space, potentially becoming loose. This affects the health of your remaining teeth.
Missing teeth also make it harder for you to chew your food and could affect your speech.
Perhaps the most noticeable consequence of missing teeth is the effect it has on your self-esteem. Even just one missing tooth can cause you to feel less confident about your smile. This lack of confidence will then lead you to want to hide your smile, which can have an effect on your emotional well-being.
Because of all the negative consequences, it’s important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.
Dentures To Replace Multiple Lost Teeth
There’s a reason that thousands of Americans opt for dentures every year. At Texas Dental Group, we can fit you for a traditional set of dentures or implant-secured dentures to restore your smile after tooth loss. With the use of advanced technology, we’re able to use molds taken of your mouth to create dentures that more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before.
With traditional dentures, the natural moisture of your mouth, your saliva, and the shape of your gums are what holds your dentures in place. But even still, the dentures can slip and you’re left dealing with messy adhesives.
With implant-secured dentures, dental implants hold your dentures in place to ensure they don’t move around. Implant-secured dentures look and feel more like natural than traditional dentures. While incredibly secure, implant-secured dentures can still be removable for cleaning and while you sleep, if you prefer. Or we offer dentures that stay attached to the implants and aren’t removed.
Dental Bridge To Replace A Lost Tooth
When you lose a tooth, it’s common for the other teeth to shift, become loose, and eventually fall out as well. To protect your remaining teeth after losing a tooth, we can replace the tooth with a dental bridge.
At Texas Dental Group, we offer two types of dental bridges: a fixed bridge and an implant-supported bridge. For a fixed bridge, we’ll anchor crowns to the remaining healthy teeth on either side of the space left by a missing tooth. Those teeth then hold the replacement dental crown in place to restore your smile and fill in the gap.
With an implant-supported bridge, we’ll place a few dental implants along your row of missing teeth. Then a series of crowns are put on the implants to restore your smile and replace the missing teeth. The implants hold the full “bridge” of crowns in place.
Dental Implants To Restore Your Smile After Tooth Loss
Dental implants can be used to support a dental bridge or denture as mentioned above, or they can be used to replace a single missing tooth. These small screws, typically made of titanium, act as replacement tooth roots to support a replacement tooth, ensuring that it’s just as durable as a natural, healthy tooth.
Don’t Wait Another Day To Call About Our Tooth Replacement Options
If you’re missing one or more teeth, don’t wait another day to call Texas Dental Group. The longer you wait, the harsher the effect on your mouth and your oral health. Call our Spring, TX dental office today at (832) 791-1706 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us online to request an appointment.