In our professional opinion, some patients take the absence of a tooth too lightly. That is because a missing tooth can cause problems that lead to misalignment and crowding. Therefore, the sooner you take care of the problem, the better. If you want to ensure your future dental health and well-being, you need to fill the gap without delay.
Replacing a Missing Tooth Prevents the Shifting of Teeth
If you have only a single missing tooth, your teeth will still shift. Tooth shifting is the body's way of naturally filling in a gap. However, when this happens, it can cause some teeth to crowd next to each other, or lead to bite problems. In turn, you may find it hard to chew or bite down when you eat. When teeth get too crowded, they also get too hard to clean and maintain. In addition, misaligned teeth can be the source of tooth pain, gum sensitivity and disease. When one tooth is missing, it can impact how the other teeth function and meet.
How to Replace a Missing Tooth: Some Suggested Alternatives
Some people do not think it is any big deal if they are missing a tooth, especially if it is located in the back of their mouth. Regardless of where the space is located, you need have the tooth replaced with an implant and crown, or a dental bridge. If you do not have enough bone at the site of the missing tooth, you can have a bone graft performed to regenerate the bone, or you may opt for the placement of a subperiosteal implant. This type of implant is placed beneath the gum but on or above the bone. Therefore, the implant can be used if you do not have enough supporting bone or wish to forego a bone augmentation procedure.
Replacing a missing tooth is something that should not wait. Call us today to explore your options. By replacing a missing tooth, you will prevent future issues with crowding, misalignment, and dental care.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, Washington
Location 2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3 Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (206) 232-3600