Mind the Gap!

 

Missing a tooth? Don’t leave a gap in your dental care!

 

If you’re missing one (or more) of your front teeth, you will most likely – from a cosmetic standpoint – want to fill the space as soon as possible. A missing back tooth usually doesn’t result in the same urgency, but there are very good reasons why you still need to replace any missing back teeth (even if it’s not as visible as a missing front tooth).

 

Your teeth keep each other in line. When one is knocked out, or lost due to dental decay, the resulting gap opens up space for surrounding teeth to drift out of position, shift, or tip into the empty space and change your bite. This could potentially lead to pain in your jaw, cavities, gum disease and the potential to lose more teeth.

 

As more teeth go missing, you’ll be forced to chew in other areas of your mouth, which can sometimes lead to tooth fractures from overloading, excessive erosion and/or TMJ (jaw joint) problems.

 

Please call us to arrange a full explanation of all your tooth replacement options, including one, or a combination of, the following:
– Removable partial dentures.
– Fixed dental bridges.
– Full dentures, for patients who have lost all of their teeth on the top and/or bottom of their mouth.
– Dental implants, which involve surgically implanting a replacement tooth root and then capping it with a natural-looking replacement tooth.

 

Early intervention will help you avoid more extensive —and expensive! — dentistry in the future. Call us if you’d like a consult or a full eval of your mouth! We’d love to see you!  734-485-2200