The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing teeth do more than make your smile look incomplete. If left untreated, they can lead to additional oral health concerns such as misalignment, additional tooth loss, and weakened jawbone tissue. Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel stress the importance of tooth replacement for patients of all ages. Replacing a missing tooth can help you feel confident and enjoy your favorite foods for many years to come. Because we have several restorative options available at Astoria Dental Group, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at our Queens, NY, office to learn more about which option is right for you.
Major Causes of Tooth Loss
Premature tooth loss can occur at any age for a variety of reasons, including:
- Extensive decay or infection: Though dental fillings and root canal therapy can treat decay and infection, extraction may be necessary if your condition has progressed too far.
- Gum disease: Advanced periodontal disease affects the size of your gum pockets and can extend to the bone tissue, resulting in loose teeth and eventually tooth loss.
- Trauma: A sports injury or accident can lead to a knocked out tooth. Although teeth can usually be reimplanted if brought to the dentist as quickly as possible, this is not always the case.
If you have one or many missing teeth, you are not alone. The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that at least 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth.
Tooth loss is not just traumatic. When left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral and overall health issues.
Your jawbone builds up strength due to the constant forces that are applied to it when you eat or drink. When your tooth falls out, though, your jawbone no longer has this source of stimulation. Consequently, jawbone atrophy is common among patients with tooth loss. Changes in your jawbone can affect your candidacy for dental implants and give you a shrunken, older appearance.
Tooth loss can make enunciation of certain words difficult. This can affect your confidence, interest in socializing, and work performance.
When you lose a tooth, your other teeth will begin to shift in an attempt to fill in the remaining gap. This change can affect the way your teeth fit together. In addition to compromising your chewing ability, misalignment has been linked to other concerns such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Our practice offers virtually unlimited restorative services including dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures especially designed to suit your unique features and number of missing teeth.
Extensive tooth loss can severely inhibit your ability to eat solid, nutritious foods. Without the ability to enjoy apples, carrots, and other important foods, your overall health can suffer.
Changes in Your Features
Missing teeth can make you look older than your actual age. When you lose a tooth, your cheeks and lips may look more sunken since they lack structural support from your teeth. This can lead to decreased self-confidence and additional psychological consequences.
Discuss Your Options with a Dentist
If you have one or many missing teeth, you have options. Astoria Dental Group offers virtually unlimited restorative services including dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures especially designed to suit your unique features and number of missing teeth. We are equipped with an in-house laboratory and other state-of-the-art technology to ensure you are satisfied with your final restoration. Our doctors can discuss your options during your consultation. Schedule an appointment today by calling us at (718) 278-1123 or contacting us online.