There are lots of reasons to replace a missing tooth and it is easy to replace missing teeth painlessly. The first reason for many people is to approve their appearance. When a missing tooth is in the front of the mouth, people generally shy away from smiling or talking for fear that people will judge them because of their missing tooth. Improving their appearance will also make an improvement in their confidence.
Not only will restoring the missing tooth make an improvement in confidence and appearance but it will also improve the patient’s health. When a tooth is missing the mouth sometimes realigns to make up for the difference in tooth alignment. This can lead to other dental problems, like jaw pain and decay and gum disease if food becomes trapped in the missing space where the tooth once was. Another concern is that once a tooth is removed, the jaw bone starts to deteriorate. The longer a tooth is missing from the jaw line the more bone is lost. Over time the jaw bone grows weaker and smaller from the missing tooth. A person’s nutrition also suffers when a tooth is missing. It is harder to eat certain foods which means there may be deficiencies in certain key nutrients. These problems can be fixed by replacing the missing teeth painlessly.
There are ways to replace missing teeth painlessly. There are two main ways to replace a missing tooth, through implants or bridges. For more multiple missing teeth, partials or dentures are an option along with implants. Bridges are false teeth that are either removable or in some cases attached, or bonded, to the surrounding teeth.
Bridges are the only option of the three that can be bonded to the other teeth. There can be some minor discomfort with these during the fitting and molding process but there is generally not a lot of pain associated with those options. Implants are an option when single teeth are missing and there is suitable bone to attach the implant to. Since this is a surgical procedure, pain could be involved but pain medicine can alleviate that.
Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.