Have you lost a tooth, or had one extracted? If so, you may be struggling with embarrassment or frustration, caused by your incomplete smile. Over time patients can also begin struggling to maintain proper nutrition, since missing or failing teeth can make chewing uncomfortable or inefficient. They may also notice changes in their remaining teeth’s alignment, or even shrinking of the jaw, which is caused when the smile no longer has healthy tooth roots. Fortunately, modern dental prostheses make it possible to complete one’s smile both beautifully and functionally, allowing for renewed confidence!
Completing the Smile Is Important For Several Reasons
An incomplete smile might initially feel like a cosmetic concern, but there are also important functional reasons to complete a smile after tooth loss.
- Dental prostheses can help to improve a person’s ability to chew.
- They also help prevent remaining teeth from becoming misaligned, which frequently happens as a result of tooth loss.
- Finally, dental implants even help to nourish the jaw, so it can retain its structure as one ages.
A Dental Bridge or Implant Provides Added Security
Dentures are one of the most common forms of dental prostheses, because they can be created quickly. Unfortunately they don’t always provide the security patients desire, particularly when chewing.
Dental implants and dental bridges can provide more security than unsupported dentures, allowing patients to enjoy mealtimes again, without worrying about their prostheses shifting uncomfortably as they eat. To determine which option is right for you, it’s best to schedule a consultation with your restorative dentist. Discussing your goals for treatment, your budget, and assessing your current oral health can all help the dentist recommend prosthetic treatment, accordingly.