Missing teeth are a relatively common problem but people still feel embarrassed about it both because of the appearance of their smile and the implications. Tooth loss is not always the result of poor oral hygiene and health, however. Just as there are many reasons why people are missing teeth, there are a variety of ways to replace them. Replacing missing teeth is more than a matter of appearances, as missing teeth can create a risk to your oral health and even to your overall health. Dr. Stacey Sparkman Hall is an experienced Williamsburg, VA dentist who helps patients restore their smile and protect their health.
Missing teeth is more than a simple cosmetic concern. In addition to a less-than-perfect smile making you feel self-conscious, missing teeth can affect jawbone health, teeth stability, and increase your risk of gum disease. It’s important to consider options to replace them to protect the long-term health of your smile.
The biggest risk of missing teeth is jaw bone loss, which can lead to additional oral health problems. When teeth are missing, the underlying jaw bone is no longer stimulated and begins to recede. When this happens, the teeth that are left behind become less stable in the mouth and may become loose, crooked, or cause problems with jaw alignment.
Loose or crooked teeth, or a misaligned jaw, can increase your risk for gum disease. Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean, and loose teeth may allow bacteria to settle in. These teeth can also become overcrowded as the jawbone continues to deteriorate, posing a risk of tooth fracture or tooth decay.
It is important to replace missing teeth to keep the jaw in alignment and protect the teeth from decay. Missing teeth may result in issues with bite stability and cause problems eating or speaking, so seeking treatment is important.
There are several treatments available to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are a popular long-term tooth replacement option, as they permanently replace missing teeth and restore full functionality. Dentures or dental bridges are another option but are less permanent, requiring complete replacement every few years. If you have multiple dental concerns, you may benefit from a smile makeover, which is a combination of several treatments to give you the results you’re looking for.
No matter your goals, Dr. Hall can help you! Request an appointment online with our experienced team or call 757.565.6303 to get on track to restore the health and beauty of your smile today.