Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
Tooth loss can occur as a result of gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. A tooth may break or fall out on its own, or it may need to be extracted by a dentist. Once a tooth has been lost however, replacing it is an important step to preventing further dental problems. At Fife Dental Care, we provide a variety of solutions for missing teeth, including dentures, bridges and dental implants.
One Lost Tooth Will Lead to More
Adults on average have 32 teeth. Four of these, the rearmost molars, are called “wisdom teeth” and are sometimes extracted due to a poor fit within the mouth or other reasons. If your wisdom teeth are removed, a replacement is generally unnecessary. The remaining 28 teeth, however, play a vital role in your overall oral health – and losing any one of them can lead to further tooth loss.
There are two primary reasons for this. The first is that tooth loss puts additional strain on your other teeth. This is especially true for rear teeth that are responsible for chewing; loss of one means that the others will have more stress put upon them at mealtimes. This will lead to the remaining tooth sustaining more wear.
The other reason to replace a missing tooth is to protect the structural integrity of the mouth. Although teeth are anchored by their roots, they are not permanently affixed in place. If a tooth, particularly in the front, is lost, surrounding teeth can begin to shift in position.
Tooth Replacement Options
Depending on your individual needs and situation, a variety of tooth replacement options are available. A single missing tooth might be best replaced by a dental implant. Dental bridges and partial or complete dentures are also options, especially if multiple teeth need to be replaced.
Tooth replacement serves both a cosmetic and a practical purpose, and your dentist can help you to choose the best option for your needs. Contact Fife Dental Care today to learn more about your options!