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How To Deal With Missing Teeth?

No one enjoys the notion of walking around throughout the day with missing teeth. The good news however, is that those with missing teeth do have options today especially thanks to modern dental procedures. Regardless of the reason why someone has lost teeth, there is likely a solution thanks to incredible advances in dentistry that have occurred over the years. Here are a few of the options available today to patients that have missing teeth. Anyone asking the question “how do I deal with missing teeth” should explore these options and then meet with their dental careHow To Deal With Missing Teeth? provider to determine which solution is indeed the best. The first option is typically not the best choice and that is to simply do nothing. This offers little value to those wishing to enjoy complete dental functionality and a pleasing outward appearance.

Keeps the Jawbone Strong

The main problem with leaving missing teeth unattended is that adjacent teeth may eventually shift causing further functionality problems. When adjacent teeth shift they can loosen and fall out while overall bite functionality may suffer as well. Further, when the jawbone lacks stress from biting because of missing teeth, other teeth may become weak and bone density may be reduced. In essence, being able to chew on both sides of the mouth normally helps to preserve other healthy teeth and serves to keep the jawbone strong. The next option is something known as having a bridge placed [1]. Bridgework is a traditional or more conventional option for those with missing teeth. The technology goes back several decades and is often a smart solution for missing teeth or a single missing tooth.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

That said, there are some drawbacks to bridge work in that surrounding healthy teeth must be ground down so that the bridge can be attached securely. Some dentists find this to be a less attractive option because it requires modifying a perfectly healthy tooth or multiple teeth. Flossing and general dental hygiene becomes more challenging with bridgework as well. Another important option for missing teeth is that of dental implants [2]. This procedure involves your dental care provider placing a post made of titanium into the jawbone in the site of the missing tooth. Once this procedure has been completed and the body has acclimated to the post, a crown is then placed [3]. Most importantly, dental implants do not require modifying surrounding teeth and result in a return to full functionality for the patient. Specifically when it comes to chewing and also in terms of improved outward visual appeal.Dental Bridge

Composite Resin Material Producing Outstanding Results

Another option is that of composite bridgework. Dentists today are able to construct a bridge out of composite resin material producing outstanding results. The main consideration with regard to this type of procedure is that it does not require modification to surrounding teeth. The procedure simply involves the building up of adjacent teeth with composite material as a way to fill the gap caused by a missing tooth. Because the anchor teeth are kept in their original natural good condition this is sometimes a preferred option. As an added advantage, if one of the anchor teeth becomes compromised, both anchor teeth are not affected. Cleaning can be more difficult with this type of tooth replacement solution. The final option is something known as a removable bridge. There are several versions of removable bridges that all offer advantages to patients. Talk with your dental care provider to determine which version of this type of tooth replacement technology will best fit your dental needs. Contact your Tigard dental care provider, Dr. Rashidi at Washington Square Dental today to learn more.

[1] What is a Dental Bridge?
[2] Learn More About Modern Dental Implant Technology
[3] Dental Crown