Why Should I Replace Missing Teeth?
The loss of a single tooth can set a course that will disrupt your entire smile and oral health. Even if the missing tooth is in the back of your mouth, it can be causing a real problem. Like when two gears of an engine aren’t properly aligned, a missing tooth will set off a series of problems throughout the entire masticatory system. These are just a few of the reasons why you should replace missing teeth:
Alignment of Teeth
When a tooth is lost, the neighboring teeth will drift into the vacant space. In turn, this causes other teeth to drive and move. Eventually, the alignment of teeth can become significantly altered, affecting not only the appearance, but the ability to chew and speak comfortably. Crooked teeth can be fixed with braces or a clear aligner system.
Teeth help protect your gums from bacteria that cause gum disease. When a tooth is missing, it exposes a large area of soft gum tissue, making it more susceptible to gum disease. This can also contribute to a reduction of healthy gum tissue, causing premature facial sagging in some patients.
Teeth are very important to maintaining bone structure in the jaw and face. When a tooth is missing, the bone will gradually deteriorate because there is nothing there to support it. Without replacing the tooth, loss of bone can be so significant that neighboring teeth are affected, again causing facial sagging.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
Dr. James Lassiter provides multiple solutions for missing teeth in Kingsland, GA.
The most natural replacement for a missing tooth is a dental implant. A dental implant is surgically placed in the jaw, permanently filling the space left behind by the missing tooth. An affordable dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth. It helps to stabilize your jaw and does not affect healthy, surrounding teeth.
A dental implant is a three part system, comprised of a titanium post, abutment and dental crown. Multiple dental implants can be placed if you are missing several teeth. The dental implants can be used to support a dental bridge or denture. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth, with over a 95% success rate, needing no maintenance or additional costs.
Dental bridges have long been used to replace missing teeth. You can replace multiple missing teeth with a dental bridge if the locations are close together. Although not as permanent as dentures or dental implants, they are still a viable option for patients that need a temporary fix before getting a permanent treatment.
Dr. Lassiter is one of the most sought after dentists in the Kingsland area for dentures. We offer multiple options to restore your smile including removable dentures, cosmetic dentures and implant-supported dentures. Dentures replace a full arch of missing teeth. Today’s modern dentures are more comfortable than ever.
Schedule a Dental Exam with Dr. Lassiter Today
Dr. Lassiter is an experienced dentist in Kingsland, Georgia. He has pursued a significant amount of postgraduate training, beyond his normal dental school education. These continuing education courses have enabled him to master complex treatments for missing teeth and other cosmetic dental concerns. If you or anyone you know might benefit from dental implant treatment, or if you would like more information on dental implants, please call Dr.Lassiter at (912) 576-4011.