Did you just get your tooth extracted? Thinking of replacing missing teeth? There can be so many reasons as to you might be thinking for a replacement. The case for replacing a natural tooth after tooth extraction is a strong one. The absent tooth played an important role in processing food, and forces may shift onto adjoining teeth. The facial appearance also suffers as a result of tooth loss. Not only is an empty space quite noticeable in a smile, the remaining teeth may shift to fill in the gap, throwing off the alignment of the rest of the smile.
Why It’s Important to Replace Missing Teeth?
Getting a missing tooth replaced might be a difficult decision to make. Here are a few reasons people opt for replacements:
- Missing tooth is right in the front. Most people prefer not to see gaps in their smiles and may be self-conscious about visible missing teeth.
- Missing teeth can create problems with chewing and talking.
- Perhaps the biggest thing to keep in mind is dental positioning. Teeth will slowly migrate over time to fill in the gaps left by extracted teeth. When this happens, the remaining teeth may become loose leading to further tooth loss and discomfort in the future.
- Without teeth to support that area of your mouth, your gums and jaw bone begin to deteriorate as there are no stimuli.
Alternatives for Tooth Replacement:
With today’s great dentistry, there are so many missing teeth replacing options. Here is a quick guide:
- Dental Implant: A dental implant is a surgical procedure in which a replacement tooth root is placed and fused with the jawbone.
- Fixed Bridge: A fixed bridge fills the gap between one or more missing teeth. The process of implementing a fixed bridge usually involves multiple trips to the dentist, as the process of placing, customizing the bridge and placing the bridge in the location of the missing teeth takes time.
- Partial Dentures: An alternative to the above procedures is partial dentures. They have a gum-colored plastic base, much like a retainer, with false teeth attached.