Tooth loss impacts your life in many ways. You might not be able to enjoy all the foods you love when it is difficult to chew. You also might feel self-conscious about interactions with other people when you have a gap in your smile.
If you've considered replacing your tooth, here are some things you should know, and also some explanation about why your dentist in Lakeland recommends that you replace a lost tooth as soon as possible.
Replace a Missing Tooth and Protect Your Dental Health
The reality of tooth loss is that it typically leads to more missing teeth. This happens because when your jawbone doesn't have a tooth root to support, it begins to deteriorate. Loss of bone means a lack of stable support for neighboring teeth, which often results in more damage and tooth loss.
Your neighboring teeth will also start to drift and move into the open space without a replacement tooth. This causes bite misalignment and can result in some painful jaw joint issues.
Replacing a lost tooth as soon as you can protects both your smile and your dental health.
Your Tooth Replacement Options
Whether you’re missing one or multiple teeth, there are excellent solutions for your smile.
A dental bridge can replace one or more adjacent teeth, while partial or full dentures are solutions for multiple missing teeth—even an entire arch.
Dental implants, which are often considered the gold standard of tooth replacement choices, are capable of replacing a single tooth or supporting a denture or bridge. This means that patients missing multiple teeth can also enjoy the advantages of tooth implants.
Because dental implants replace both your root and your tooth, they protect your bone from deterioration while also restoring your smile.
Would You Like to Learn More about Tooth Replacement Options?
If you are interested in learning more about tooth replacement or dental implants in Lakeland, FL, we encourage you to contact our dental office. Dr. Zaman is a prosthodontist who specializes in tooth replacement, and he would love to discuss your options with you.