Why You Should Always Replace a Missing Tooth

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans have experienced tooth loss. Common causes of lost teeth include injuries, trauma, gum disease, and cavities.

Although you might be tempted not to replace missing teeth, there are a number of important reasons to do so. Leaving gaps in your smile could have a negative impact on your dental health and your overall well-being.

Here at Cherry Family Dental our team of caring dental professionals understands that dealing with missing teeth can be stressful. That’s why we work closely with you to help you choose the tooth replacement strategy that is best for you. 

Our team would like to share some important information about why you should always replace a missing tooth, and the choices you have for tooth replacement.

Impact of missing teeth

If you’re missing a tooth your appearance may suffer. In addition to leaving holes in your smile, a missing tooth can affect your image in other ways, too. It can interfere with the shape of your face or mouth, causing you to look older or out of balance.

Failing to replace missing teeth could lead to one or more of the following problems:

By replacing your missing teeth, you can protect yourself from these dental problems. 

Options for replacing missing teeth

Fortunately, you have a range of options for replacing missing teeth. The option that is best for you depends on various factors, including personal preference, the number of teeth that require replacement, your dental and physical health, and your budget.

Your choices include:

Dental implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that are permanently implanted in your gum. The artificial tooth, which is known as a crown, is anchored to your jawbone via a surgically implanted rod. Dental implants are sturdy and easy to care for. They blend in with your real teeth and can last a lifetime.

Dental bridges

Dental bridges are made up of two crowns that fit over your own teeth in order to hold one or more artificial teeth in place. Bridges can replace up to five consecutively missing teeth.

Dentures

Dentures are artificial teeth that can replace one, several, or all of your teeth. Various types of dentures, including partial, full, complete, immediate, and implant-retained, are available to meet your own specific tooth-loss needs

Don’t wait to replace missing teeth

No matter how many teeth you’ve lost or what kind of replacement option you prefer, the providers at Cherry Family Dental can help. After examining your teeth and gums and asking you about your preferences, we create a custom treatment plan that meets all of your needs.

Don’t wait any longer to have your missing teeth replaced. To schedule a tooth replacement consultation in our San Jose, California office or visit us online today.

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