Your smile is everything, and if you are not comfortable with yours your self-confidence, and even your success, can suffer. In fact, many adults struggle with their smiles. The average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, there are plenty of reasons, from aesthetics to functionality, that you should correct the problem.

A large space between your teeth may affect how you speak or eat. Even if it’s not noticeable, a missing molar can affect how you chew and remaining teeth may shift. In some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth. With today’s dental technology, you don’t have to suffer from missing teeth.

Here are some options to replace missing teeth. Talk to Dr. Johnson about which option is best for you:

  • Bridges. Anchored to your adjacent teeth, these can be removable or fixed, depending on your mouth, your dentist’s recommendation and your needs.
  • Dentures. An option if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth.
  • Implants. Most similar to a natural tooth.

If you are missing teeth there are a few treatment options. Getting a dental implant to replace your missing tooth is probably the treatment of choice. An implant has a root that integrates with your jaw bone and the crown on the implant makes it look, feel and function like your natural tooth. This is the most permanent and long-term solution.

The next best option would be to get a bridge. A bridge is like three crowns connected together. The two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are cut for dental crowns. The bridge is then placed onto those two adjacent teeth. The bridge has a fake tooth that connects to two crowned teeth and fills in the empty space from the congenitally missing tooth.

Another option for replacing a congenitally missing tooth would be to get a removable partial denture. This is an appliance that you can put in and take out of your mouth. It rests on your natural teeth and your gums and has teeth on it that replace the congenitally missing teeth.

Dr. Johnson reminds you to visit for more information and remember to, “See a specialist…the difference will make you smile.”

Excerpts – Oralanswers