Losing a tooth as an adult can be a traumatic experience, whether it’s due to physical injury, or the result of decay or periodontal disease. If you’ve lost one or more, you know the consequences go beyond the visible space where your tooth used to be.
When you’re missing one or more teeth, your diet changes because you’re unable to chew food the way you used to. At best, this could lead to a soft, bland diet, but unfortunately, it often leads to malnutrition. Being unable to chew tougher foods also contributes to the deterioration of the jawbone that happens when a tooth goes missing.
Jawbone deterioration can lead to more tooth loss. If it persists, your facial structure will start to appear sunken-in, and your speech patterns will be harder to maintain. This process very negatively impacts your overall health and confidence.
Adult tooth loss used to be seen as an inevitable consequence of aging, but that just doesn’t hold true today. Dentistry has made leaps and bounds in the twenty-first century, not only in prevention but in tooth replacement methods. Whether you’re missing one, a few, or all your teeth, there are multiple ways we can bring back your bite, smile, and oral health; your treatment plan can be customized according to your needs and goals.
The first thing we want you to know if you’re living with missing teeth is that you’re not alone and you don’t need to be ashamed. There are several factors that could be responsible for the loss, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that your oral health can be improved, and we’re here to help you on this journey without judgment or criticism. Advances in technology and techniques have brought forth solutions that look and feel natural, and with proper care, can last a lifetime.
If you have a space between two healthy teeth, whether your tooth was claimed by decay, severe gum recession, or injury, a traditional or implant-supported bridge can restore your bite and smile. Your neighboring teeth may require filing to secure crowns, which will support an artificial tooth in the middle. This artificial tooth is known as a pontic, and it can be made of either porcelain or zirconia—both are durable materials that blend in with your smile.
Although dentures have been around for decades, they’ve been improved upon tremendously as material and technological advancements have been made. In fact, full arches can also be supported by implants for a more secure, comfortable fit that keeps your jawbone strong and healthy. With the stabilizing effect of implants, you won’t have to worry about your teeth slipping or falling out, even when you’re eating foods like apples or corn on the cob!
Dental implants are different from traditional forms of tooth replacement because instead of sitting atop your gum tissue, they replace the root of your tooth (or roots of your teeth). By mimicking your tooth roots, dental implants preserve the strength of your jawbone and provide the most natural-looking and feeling solution. And, with options like the All-on-4® treatment concept and Teeth Tomorrow®, your dental troubles could be a thing of the past in as little as a day!
Your options may feel limitless to the point of being overwhelming, but we are here to help you each step of the way. Dental implants are usually our highest-recommended option, but they may not be advised if your jawbone has deteriorated considerably. However, there is a solution for this, too! We can perform bone grafting here at your Florida Smile Design dental home.
Even if you’re ready and determined to restore your smile and quality of life, it’s normal to feel anxious or afraid. Whether you’re not a fan of the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office, have a sensitive gag reflex, or your procedure may be lengthier and more invasive, we’d be happy to help you relax with our safe sedation options. A thorough restorative consultation will include informing you of which method may work best for calming your nerves.