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 is causing a 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.
Why Should I Replace Missing Teeth?
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.
Teeth help to protect gums from bacteria that cause gum disease. When a tooth is missing, it exposes a large area of gum, making it more susceptible to gum disease.
Teeth are very important to maintaining bone structure in the jaw and face. When a tooth is missing, the bone will recede. Without replacing the tooth, loss of bone can be so significant that neighboring teeth are affected.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
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. A 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.
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.
Why Choose Dr. Lassiter
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.