Even in 2014, over 175 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Teeth are lost because of traumatic injuries, dental caries ( cavities), or periodontal (gum) disease.
According to Dr. Avinash Bidra of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, the loss of even one tooth can result in bone loss, tooth movement, changes to the bite, and extra stress on the musculature. The longer one waits to replace a tooth, the more likely that damage to the oral system will result.
Replacing missing or lost teeth is important to keep other teeth from shifting or tilting. Many times missing teeth are replaced for esthetic reasons, as well. Besides the damage that may result from
There are three ways to replace missing teeth: implants, removable dentures, and fixed bridges.
- Implant: An implant is a cylindrical metallic device that mimics the original tooth root that is placed in the bone to support one or several teeth.
- Fixed Bridge: A fixed bridge is a way to attach the missing tooth (or teeth) to crowns placed on the adjacent teeth.
- Removable Denture: A removable denture may also rely on support from clasps on the adjacent teeth but gets its primary support from the gum tissue.