Missing teeth are a serious health concern. Not only does it affect the appearance of your smile, but it affects your overall health and oral health. When you are missing one or more teeth, it will affect the way you eat and speak, and it will take a toll on your self-confidence. Dr. Lauren Francis and Dr. Rawley Fuller offer several treatment options for missing teeth in Hampstead, NC.
Why Should I Replace My Missing?
Your missing teeth will lead to a full range of problems that go beyond the appearance of your smile. A full list of health concerns associated with tooth loss includes:
Teeth do more than grind down your food. They also help support the jawbone. When a tooth goes missing, the jawbone will deteriorate over time. Eventually, you will have a sunken appearance that will age you significantly.
Tooth loss also causes the gum tissue around the gap to become inflamed. This will put you at a higher risk of infection. This can lead to gum disease, which can lead to further tooth loss. Gum disease also impacts your overall health and well-being.
Teeth are necessary to chew and grind down food properly. If you cannot do so, it can lead to digestive issues. Digestive issues will impact your overall health because they create nutritional deficiencies.
Teeth are also necessary to help pronounce certain letters and sounds. If you are missing some teeth, it may be difficult to speak clearly, which can lead to speech issues. This may impact your personal and professional life.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth in Hampstead, NC
Seaside Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers several treatment options for people with missing, decayed, or damaged teeth.
Traditional dentures are versatile, removable dental appliances that can replace an entire arch of teeth or just a few missing teeth on the arch. We offer both full dentures and partial dentures. This treatment option is a very affordable and non-invasive option for missing teeth. However, they are usually bulky and uncomfortable, have a long adjustment period, have food restrictions, and require a lot of maintenance over the years.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental appliance that can replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. The unit contains pontics, or false teeth, that a dentist anchors in place using dental crowns. The dentist will cement the crowns to adjacent teeth. These adjacent teeth must be reduced in size and will endure lots of extra pressure. However, they do feel more like natural teeth since they are fixed in place.
Dental implants provide a permanent and long-term solution for missing teeth. It involves placing one or more implant posts in the jaw bone. They will replace the tooth roots and will hold a dental restoration firmly in place. This tooth replacement option will look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. You will be able to eat whatever foods you like, never have to worry about your teeth, and no healthy remaining teeth are damaged during treatment. However, dental implants are the most expensive option, and the treatment time takes months to complete.
Seaside Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is home to a team of experienced restorative dentists who can treat missing teeth in Hampstead, NC. Schedule an appointment today to learn which treatment will work best for you.