Missing teeth can be a problem for a number of reasons. It can affect your ability to chew food. Missing teeth could also change the way you speak. The spacing of your other teeth can be affected by missing teeth. However, you may wonder what leads to the problem of missing teeth.
If there is a problem with your tooth that is too far advanced to be fixed by a filling or another procedure, it may need to be removed. For those who have an infection that cannot be treated by another process, the tooth may need to be removed. The removal of an infected tooth can be essential in preventing the infection from spreading elsewhere in the body via the bloodstream.
Some people suffer through an accident that can severely loosen one of the teeth in their mouth. If this happens, it may need to be removed. The damage may be too extensive to fix, and the person could be in extreme pain as a result of this injury.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can be another reason that people will get their teeth removed. The tissue around your tooth and bone wear away as periodontal disease becomes more advanced. This can cause teeth in your mouth to loosen. In some cases, the disease can be treated to save the tooth. However, some cases are too advanced and will require that all of the affected teeth are removed.
Missing teeth are not merely a cosmetic problem. Every function of the mouth is affected by missing your natural teeth. A missing tooth will especially impact the teeth that are near the gap where your tooth used to be. If you are missing a tooth for years, the teeth surrounding the hole will shift closer to where your missing tooth used to sit. This can affect the jaw support, stability, and ability to chew food.
If you want to avoid the shifting of your remaining teeth, you can prevent this by replacing your teeth soon after your teeth are removed. Luckily, there are a variety of ways that your missing teeth can be replaced. Partial dentures are one option to replace a few missing teeth. Dental implants are another option to replace one or a few missing teeth. Implants are inserted into the jawbone, where your bone will fuse with the titanium post. Replacement teeth are then placed on top of the post after the bone fusion is complete.
If you are concerned about you options that are available to replace your teeth following the removal of your natural teeth, do not worry. Contact McBride Dental to discuss the wide array of options available to you if you need to replace your teeth. If you are wondering if dentures or dental implants might be the right choice for you, we can guide you through the decision process.