Missing teeth can not only affect your confidence but the health of your mouth and body. Whether your tooth loss is a result of poor dental hygiene, age, or accident, the gap left behind is both unsightly and potentially dangerous, not to mention uncomfortable.
Dr. Thomas Lambert in Grand Rapids, MI, is here to help you understand the negative effects of tooth loss, and find a solution that works for you.
What damage can a missing tooth cause?
A missing tooth can lead to several negative effects, including the shifting of the rest of your teeth and the receding of the gums. The loss of bone structure could even cause your face to sag.
The space where your tooth was can become a resting spot for food particles, leading to bacteria and decay of the surrounding teeth. The unprotected gum may become red and irritated and more susceptible to gum disease.
In addition, you may find it more difficult or uncomfortable to chew, especially healthy, crunchy foods like fresh vegetables and fruits, leading to vitamin deficiency and poor nutrition.
How can I remedy my tooth loss?
Your dentist at our Grand Rapids, MI office can talk to you about different options for repairing your smile, including dentures, bridges, or dental implants. While dentures are removable, dental bridges and dental implants stay in place.
A bridge uses the pressure from the tooth on either side of the gap to hold an artificial tooth in place, while a dental implant uses a metal post, secured in the jaw bone, to serve as the root for an artificial tooth, which is affixed on top.
Your dentist at our Grand Rapids office will numb your mouth before putting in the dental implant, and once it heals you will be able to brush, floss, bite and chew just as you would with your natural teeth. Dental implants and dental bridges are also inconspicuous options for tooth replacement.
If you are missing a tooth, don't delay in making an appointment at our Grand Rapids, MI office. Call us today at 616-364-6490.