Especially if you’re missing just one, you may not think that missing teeth can impact you that much. However, aside from just aesthetics, even one missing tooth can be detrimental to your oral health. Drs. Melissa and Randall Stewart of Stewart Dental Group discuss replacing missing teeth and why they recommend Charlotte, NC dental implants for tooth replacement.
The Health Issues With Missing Teeth
When you have missing teeth, oral health issues come with it. Just one missing tooth can lead to tooth decay and more missing teeth. Depending on where the missing tooth is located, you may have trouble eating and chewing or trying to speak clearly.
Missing teeth also meant that the rest of your teeth will shift. They’re trying to fill the gap that’s left by the missing tooth or teeth. This can lead to overcrowding as teeth try to fill these spaces. If you’ve had previous orthodontic work, it’s likely to be ruined by shifting. These remaining teeth can become crooked and jumbled when they’re moving to fill the empty space.
Missing teeth can lead to even more serious effects. Bone loss is common in the jaw when teeth go missing. This leads to the appearance of a sagging face. Bone loss can also be hard to reverse without bone grafting or something similar.
Replacing Teeth With Dental Implants
There’s a reason why Drs. Randall and Melissa Stewart recommend dental implants for tooth replacement. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement. One of the biggest benefits is that they’re the only option that also replaces the tooth root. When the titanium posts are placed in the jawbone, they spur bone regeneration, helping to reverse the bone loss you’ve experienced due to missing teeth.
Due to fusing with the jawbone, dental implants are also extremely stable and durable. They’re topped with custom dental crowns that are made based on the specifications of your mouth. It’ll feel like having a natural tooth again. You’ll have no problems with speech and there are no dietary restrictions with dental implants either. There’s no extra maintenance and you can take care of them like you would your normal teeth.
Other Tooth Replacement Options
While we do recommend dental implants, they aren’t the right choice for everyone. You do have to be in decent health and have enough jawbone in order to make the implantation of the posts successful. This is why we offer multiple other options for tooth replacement at Stewart Dental Group.
If you’re missing a full arch of teeth, dentures are your best bet. We offer both removable and implant-supported dentures. Removable dentures are attached with adhesive and are taken out every evening. Implant-supported dentures are fixed in the mouth, fixed to the dental implants. Only a few implants are necessary to get an implant-supported denture.
We also offer dental bridges for a single missing tooth or multiple teeth missing in succession. These are supported by anchor teeth that can be strengthened with dental crowns, or dental implants and crowns. These also come in both removable and fixed options.
Tooth Replacement and Dental Implants in Charlotte, North Carolina
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