Lost teeth are more common than many people realize.
Accidents and injuries can cause teeth to get knocked out. Severe tooth decay and infections may require teeth to be removed, and gum disease is actually leading cause of lost teeth in the United States.
A single missing tooth can easily lead to more problems IF you don’t replace that tooth. The good news if you live in or near Modesto, CA, is that Sierra Dental Care offers two great ways to replace your missing tooth.
Dental crowns with implants or dental bridges can preserve your smile, restore the function of your missing tooth, and prevent further tooth loss.
Preserve Your Smile By Replacing Your Tooth
One of the most common reasons people want to replace missing teeth is because it can have a big impact on their smiles.
Many people find that the empty space between their remaining teeth often draws more attention than the rest of their smile. Usually, this isn’t because someone says something about it. It’s more subtle, like people appearing to be distracted instead of listening to what you have to say. This can affect your personal life, and it can affect your professional life, too.
By getting a dental implant with a dental crown or a dental bridge, you can fill that empty space. This will restore the natural and complete appearance of your smile. And that can help you feel more confident whether you are meeting a client, going on a job interview, or going out with someone for a romantic evening.
To Keep Eating What You Want, Replace Your Missing Tooth
Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of thinking that losing one tooth isn’t a big deal. At first, you will probably be able to bite and chew as well as you good before you lost your tooth.
The problem is that empty space in your mouth creates an opportunity for nearby teeth to drift. As this begins to happen, it affects your smile, but it also affects your bite. You may find that it becomes more difficult to eat certain foods depending on which of your teeth is missing.
Your instinct might be to just bite or chew on the other side of your mouth, but that means you will be putting more wear and tear on those teeth. This can lead to different kinds of problems down the road.
Your best option is to fill in the gap with a crown and implant combo or a dental bridge. By getting one of these teeth replacement options, you will be able to bite and chew like you could before your tooth went missing.
Keep Your Remaining Teeth By Replacing The One You’ve Lost
Sharks and alligators can regrow teeth that get knocked out or pulled out of their mouths. Humans cannot. When we lose a permanent tooth, another tooth is not going to take its place.
Fortunately, we do have artificial teeth that look and function practically as well as the real thing.
Even so, the most important part of tooth replacement may be saving the rest of your smile. When you lose a tooth, you also start losing bone mass in your jaw. As your teeth drift into this space where your jaw is weaker, that also leaves you more vulnerable to losing more teeth. That leads to more bone loss, which can lead to more tooth loss, which … you get the point.
By getting a dental implant with a crown or by getting a dental bridge, you aren’t just filling in the gap in your smile. You are replacing an essential part of the mutual support system that exists between your teeth.
By replacing your tooth, you can prevent the drifting that can lead to more lost teeth before it begins.
Find Out If A Dental Crown Or Bridge Is Your Best Option
Our dentists have decades of combined experience helping patients in and around Modesto, CA. We have replaced countless teeth in that time, and we will be happy to discuss your tooth replacement options.
We will examine your mouth, answer your questions, and give you the information you need to decide if you should get a dental crown with an implant or a dental bridge.
This isn’t a decision you want to delay any longer than necessary. Each day you go without replacing your tooth is a day you are increasing your odds of losing more teeth.