Missing a tooth can cause a variety of issues, from preventing you from enjoying your favorite foods to hindering your confidence. Missing teeth problems are something that impacts more adults than many people may think.
According to statistics by the American Dental Association, many adults on average have three or more missing teeth or decay that could require the tooth to be pulled and replaced. Even if the missing teeth aren’t visible to others, they can lead to a number of oral health problems when left untreated.
Issues Caused by Missing Teeth
Oftentimes, missing teeth are caused by trauma, such as a sports accident or by poor nutrition, or gum disease. While they may seem like a cosmetic issue, they also have serious physical consequences for your oral health, such as:
When you lose a tooth, excess room is created around your tooth and can lead to shifting teeth. This can cause gapping or crowding, which can lead to long-term issues such as painful bite misalignment.
When you are missing teeth, it can become difficult to chew. If you are missing teeth, you may experience pain when chewing, which can make it difficult for you to eat certain foods and could result in diet changes that could lead to poor nutrition.
Missing teeth can make speaking difficult, which can be embarrassing and can hinder your self-confidence at work and in social settings.
Your teeth support the skin around your mouth and provide structure to your face, so when you lose teeth, it can cause the skin to sag and make you appear older than you are.
When you lose teeth, it can lead to bone loss in your face and jaw caused by a weakening and decrease of tissue, also known as atrophy. Bone loss can change your facial structure and cause your face to look shrunken in.
Additionally, missing a tooth can affect your mental health and your self-confidence.
How Can a Missing Tooth be Fixed?
If you are suffering from a missing tooth, there are a few solutions that can help you regain your smile. The first step you should take is to make an appointment with South Hills Dental Arts, so we can evaluate you and determine which solution will work best. Common solutions for a missing tooth include:
Dental implants- This technique can be used to replace anything from a single tooth to a full set of teeth. Dental implants are a secure and stable option that is designed to last. Another great thing about dental implants is that they look, function, and feel like real teeth.
Dentures- If dental implants are not an option, dentures are typically used as a last resort. Dentures can be uncomfortable to wear and can still lead to early gaining and bone loss that is associated with missing teeth.
Bridges- If you only have a few teeth missing, a bridge is a great option. The surrounding teeth support the bridge. These do eventually need to be replaced.
Schedule Your Appointment Today at South Hills Dental Arts
At South Hills Dental Arts, we will evaluate your missing tooth/teeth and determine the best solution to help you regain your smile! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.