Health Effects of Tooth Loss
Missing even a single tooth can have a big impact on your self-esteem, but it can also take a major toll on your oral health. For instance, did you know just one missing tooth can cause a “domino effect” that can result in additional tooth loss over time? That’s because when a tooth is missing, it leaves a gap, and the teeth on either side of the gap will eventually begin to shift and lean toward the gap, resulting in root weakening and an increased risk for decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. That’s why it’s so important to replace a missing tooth with a bridge, implant or denture as soon as possible.
Once a tooth is lost, it can also cause changes in your bite pattern, resulting in uneven stress on the jaw joints that can lead to chronic jaw pain and headaches. Plus, as a new bite pattern emerges, it can cause additional wear on tooth surfaces that can make them more prone to decay and fracture.
Tooth Replacement Options
Oakridge Dental Center offers an array of choices when it comes to replacing missing teeth, including fixed and removable dental bridges, state-of-the-art dental implants, and full and partial dentures. Additionally, implant-retained dentures are also available to help patients with multiple missing teeth enjoy the convenience of dentures with a more stable and secure attachment for greater confidence and a more comfortable fit that feels more like the patient’s own natural teeth.
Oakridge Dental Center uses the most advanced techniques and materials for tooth replacement options that look and feel natural, including custom tinting and shaping to ensure new teeth “fit in” with existing teeth. In patients missing all their teeth, careful fittings ensure dentures fit comfortably without the risk of embarrassing slippage and painful sore spots.
Every patient has different needs and expectations when it comes to their care and every treatment regimen begins with a careful assessment to ensure each patient receives the tooth replacement option that’s ideal for their needs. Even a single missing tooth can lead to significant problems with bite balance, as well as additional tooth loss, jaw pain and chronic headaches. To learn more about tooth replacement options that can help every patient enjoy a more attractive, healthier smile, call Oakridge Dental Center today and schedule a consultation.