One cracked tooth or a single missing tooth may not seem like a big deal, especially if the tooth is not in the front of your mouth where it is visible. Unfortunately, even if you cannot see a damaged or lost tooth, that does not mean that the impact it will have on your oral health and your mouth will be minimal.
With just one tooth gone, several negative oral health implications can follow. For example, when you eat you may chew with more force on one side of your mouth. When you do this, your teeth on that side of your mouth will begin to wear down rapidly. Also, your teeth are important to keeping your jawbone intact and strong. When teeth are missing the jawbone will begin to degrade which can affect the structure of your face.
Missing teeth are a very common problem in the United States. The American College of Prosthodontics reports that approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while 40 million do not have any natural teeth at all. If you have missing or broken teeth, there are several options to remedy the problem. The San Marcos dental implant specialist at McBride Dental can review what solutions are available to help you restore your smile including the use of partial dentures.
People that are only missing one to a couple of teeth but have most of their natural teeth may benefit from the use of partial dentures. Partial dentures are dental prosthetics placed in the mouth and onto existing teeth with the false teeth strategically positioned to fill gaps. Some of the benefits of partial dentures include:
There are several advantages to partial dentures for smile restoration and improved oral health. If you have holes in your mouth from missing teeth the good news is that you can resolve this problem. Partial dentures are just one solution. Full dentures, bridges, or even dental implants are other potential approaches. To learn more about fixing your missing teeth, please call the San Diego denture specialist at McBride Dental today to schedule an appointment at (760) 471-1003.