Tooth Loss Can Have Far-Reaching Effects on Your Dental Health

prosthodontists DFWThe loss of even one tooth can have effects beyond just changing your appearance. It can also have adverse effects on the rest of your teeth, and, over time, even lead to loss of additional teeth. Prosthodontists provide replacement teeth that can prevent these long-term effects and help you maintain both your appearance and your oral health.

Long-Term Effects of Tooth Loss

When you lose a tooth, it leaves a gap behind. The adjacent teeth will shift to fill that gap. It’s this natural movement of the teeth that causes long-term problems. Although teeth move slowly, over time they can shift enough to cause other teeth to move out of position. Eventually, your upper and lower teeth will no longer mesh properly with each other, affecting your bite. This kind of misalignment can cause numerous problems, including:

  • Malocclusion
  • Wear and tear
  • Clenching and grinding
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder

The best way to prevent this type of long-term problem is to have your missing teeth replaced. Prosthodontists, who specialize in tooth replacement, can help you determine the best approach to restore your smile.

Replacing Missing Teeth

Prosthodontists can provide full or partial dentures, crown and bridge replacements, and even dental implants. These replacement teeth will fill in the spaces left behind by the teeth you have lost and keep your remaining teeth from moving out of proper alignment.

The best choice for tooth replacement will depend upon your oral health as well as the condition of your jaw and your overall health. If possible, dental implants are the superior choice for most people. They are permanent, function just like your natural teeth, and do not move or shift in your mouth. However, your jawbone must be sufficiently healthy to support the artificial tooth roots. If you are not a good candidate for implants due to health issues or jawbone atrophy, traditional replacements like a crown and bridge or dentures might be a better choice for you.

To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact one of our skilled dental specialists today.