By middle-age, the majority of adults are missing at least one natural tooth. There are a variety of ways in which people lose teeth: trauma, gum disease, and tooth decay are all common factors of tooth loss in adults. Nowadays there are a variety of treatments to replace missing teeth, as well as to mitigate some of the complications that can occur when we leave these missing teeth untended.
Lone Mountain Family Dental offers several treatment options for those looking to replace missing teeth. Whether patients choose dental implants, crowns or bridges, or any of our other restorative services, we conduct all of our procedures with expertise and quality service. Read on to learn more about the importance of replacing missing teeth.
The Dangers of Leaving Lost Teeth Unreplaced
There are numerous complications that can arise when missing teeth aren’t taken care of. One concern for people with missing teeth is aesthetics. Whether or not a missing tooth is visible to the outside eye, it can quickly shift your entire dental alignment, leading to potentially crooked teeth. Misalignment can also affect one’s bite, redistributing pressure on different teeth.
Gum recession is common in the space of missing teeth. This leads to greater vulnerability to gum disease. Another factor in the increased risk for gum disease is that these areas are often hard to reach with a toothbrush, leading to larger amounts of plaque buildup. Along with gum recession, when left untreated, missing teeth can actually lead to bone loss under the space of a missing tooth.
Different Treatments to Replace Missing Teeth
Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to replace missing teeth. A number of different treatment options offer dynamic solutions to the replacement of a missing tooth. Here are two of the ways we can replace missing teeth:
● Dental Implants: Dental implants involve a metal device that is screwed directly into the jawbone, serving as an anchor to attach a prosthetic tooth. The greatest benefit of dental implants is that they prevent bone loss over time under the space of a missing tooth.
● Dental Bridges: Dental bridges serve to cover the gap of a missing tooth with a prosthetic anchored to the two teeth on either side of the space. Dental bridges prevent your teeth from shifting, your bite from altering, and mitigates the hard-to-reach space of a missing tooth.
These are two of the most effective modern treatments for replacing lost teeth. Now that you have a better understanding of the risks involved with leaving missing teeth untreated, and the kinds of treatment that are available, we hope that you won’t hesitate to call your Las Vegas dentist if you’re in need of one of these services.
Questions About Our Restorative Services?
If you’re in need of any of our restorative services to replace missing teeth, give us a call at 702-655-9533 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact us here.