If you are missing one or maybe more of your teeth, you aren’t alone. Plenty of adults in the United States have decayed or missing teeth. While missing teeth may not be unique, it’s not something to be ignored, and it’s not something that you should have to live with.
Missing teeth can make it harder to speak and to eat. They can be unsightly blights on your smile. And there are health issues to consider. If you have missing teeth, the other teeth in your mouth can begin to shift out of alignment. Additionally, the spaces left by your missing teeth create places for bacteria to build up, which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Finally, the bone around the area of a missing tooth can deteriorate.
There are three options for dealing with missing teeth. Dentures, bridges and dental implants are all effective ways of replacing missing teeth. Dentures are removable and customized to fit your mouth. They may replace all of your teeth, or a few missing teeth. Bridges are fixed in your mouth to your other teeth by your dentist and cannot be removed. Implants are very popular and can be designed to blend in with the rest of your teeth. They are attached to metal posts that are anchored in your jaw.
Not every type tooth replacement is for everyone. Before deciding on a treatment plan, you need to have an exam by your dentist, who will advise you on the best replacement method for you. If you need to replace missing teeth, Dr Roberto Macedo at RM Advanced Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in St. Petersburg, Florida, would be happy to talk with you. Give our office a call today at 727-202-4459 to schedule an appointment.