Losing a tooth due to a trauma or a gum disease is definitely one of the most unpleasant experiences one can go through. The stress, the inconvenience – everything always seems to add up at the worst time possible, often before an important event.
While it’s almost impossible to plan ahead for an event like tooth loss, it is always a good idea to be prepared for such emergency. Since tooth loss is almost never calm and peaceful, knowing how severe the condition is and what could be done about it could keep you from losing your head in between all the stress.
So, if you find yourself missing a tooth or two after a trauma, or due to a dental disease, don’t panic – there are ways to restore your teeth. First, let’s talk about why it’s so important to do that in the first place.
Is It Necessary to Replace the Missing Tooth?
While it’s not lethal to live on without replacing the missing teeth, you could be seriously jeopardizing your oral health for years to come, let alone suffer from all the day-to-day inconvenience.
One of such problems is the deformation of the dental structure. If the missing tooth isn’t replaced, the adjacent teeth could slowly start drifting towards each other, filling the empty gap. This could even further harm the appearance of your smile, adding orthodontic treatment to the list of procedures, needed to fully recover your teeth.
It’s also important to know that since the jawbone isn’t constantly pressured in the area where the missing tooth used to be, it can cause the bone to resorb (reduce in density.) As a consequence, it might be impossible to restore the tooth right away.
And, of course, after tooth loss, patients are exposed to a variety of day-to-day inconveniences, such as difficulty when chewing, discomfort when talking, etc.
So, What to Do After Tooth Loss?
While there are several restoration options available at our clinic, the number-one tip we give to our patients is not to wait and address the problem immediately. The longer you wait before you start treatment, the higher the chance that you’ll need to go through a series of bone augmentation procedures. It is still possible to restore teeth, even after 10 years of absence, but the treatment is likely to be much more costly and time-consuming when delayed.
As for the actual treatment options, here are the three most popular ways of tooth restoration:
1. Dentures are still widely used as means to replace missing teeth, but they’re rapidly giving way for more convenient alternatives. The main problem with dentures is their lack of reliability – dentures can cause a lot of awkwardness and discomfort when they fall out while you’re eating or talking. They also tend to move around in your mouth (which makes you conscious at all times) and require additional care, all of which makes dentures an inferior option.
2. Tooth bridges are a bit less known, but still a popular choice for tooth restoration. Tooth bridges are mostly used to replace a single missed tooth. The actual bridges consist of three interconnected crowns – the two external ones are empty and are put onto the adjacent teeth, while the middle crown acts as a fully functional replacement for the missing tooth.
3. Dental implants is by far the most convenient and long-lasting tooth replacement solution out there. During the procedure, the implant (a titanium post) is planted firmly into the jawbone where the missing tooth used to be. After a few weeks, when the bone heals around the implant, a crown is attached to the implant, completely replacing the lost tooth. While there’s always a chance of implants being rejected by the body, in most cases, patients are extremely happy with the treatment and often even forget they ever lost a tooth.
If you lost a tooth recently and are looking to get it replaced, we urge you to contact our leading implantologist Dr. Simonas Bankauskas who’ll gladly help you out. To do that, call us at 07714256288 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.