Missing Tooth Can Mar More Than Smile’s Appearance

added on: September 8, 2014

If you lose a back tooth, why replace it if the tooth isn’t visible in a smile?

The arrangement of your teeth is a balanced support system that provides proper support and stability. Losing a tooth and not replacing it can create a domino effect of ongoing oral problems. Typical problems include drifting, shifting, chips, broken teeth and an increased risk of gum disease and decay.

In a normal, healthy mouth, there is a natural balance of teeth. Each tooth has three or four companion teeth. These include the adjacent teeth on either side as well as upper or lower teeth that meet them. Upper and lower teeth work together to provide comfortable chewing function.

When a tooth is lost, statistics show that the companion tooth will be lost next. Then, the next closest tooth is subjected to the same conditions. With each tooth lost, the problems are magnified and the cycle of tooth loss continues.

While a fixed bridge restores your smile’s appearance and chewing function, it stabilizes the surrounding teeth. The placement process involves the attachment of the bridge to adjacent teeth. Bordering teeth are prepared with crowns or inlays. The bridge of the replacement tooth (or teeth) is then attached to the crowns and secured in place. The result is an appealing look and feel.

The best time to replace missing teeth is immediately after the tooth is lost. Ask for a no-cost consultation to learn options to help you accomplish a confident, comfortable smile. During this discussion, your questions will be answered and we’ll review all options of tooth replacement so you can select the treatment best for your needs and goals.

Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.