Teeth go missing for various reasons, including accidents and sports injuries, tooth decay, poor nutrition and other issues. While it may seem like a cosmetic issue, people should not have to endure the stares and comments about missing teeth. It can have a real affect on the individual’s self perception and self confidence.
It can also include physical issues like:
Additional shifting by the surrounding teeth.
Additional tooth decay
Signs of early aging
Mental health issues like depression and anxiety
Don’t worry. There are a number of solutions for missing teeth:
- Implants. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several or a full set. They are secure and stable and should last for significant periods of time. They look and act just like natural teeth.
- Bridges. A bridge is a viable option to replace a single or few teeth. They are attached to and supported by the surrounding teeth. These do not last forever and will eventually need replacement.
- Dentures. This is the complete replacement of teeth with a prosthetic. They are usually the last resort. They can be uncomfortable and sometimes bone loss is experienced.