Almost 3 out of 4 adults have at least one missing tooth, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. The causes are numerous, including tooth decay, gum disease, accidents and dental fractures. While some of this tooth loss is unavoidable because of accidental injuries, poor daily oral hygiene can ultimately result in lost teeth.
Fortunately, there are available options for replacing lost teeth. It is not necessary to go through life with missing teeth. There is no one-size-fits-all answer; each case must be evaluated by experienced Oral Surgeons in Westchester County NY or elsewhere.
Problems Caused by Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are responsible for many dental problems. Chewing efficiency is compromised, leading to lopsided chewing patterns. Adjacent teeth tend to drift into the space where food also accumulates. Some people suffer TM Joint pain. People’s appearance is adversely affected. Accidental tongue biting and ulceration is more likely to happen.
Dental implants function as natural teeth. They look entirely natural and are completely stable since they are surgically implanted into the jawbone. These high-quality implants can last longer than 20 years without needing to be replaced when good oral hygiene practices are implemented.
It is important that gums and jaw are healthy in order to be able to benefit from implants. Although implants can be used to replace several missing teeth, they tend to be the most popular choice when people have one or two missing teeth. Dental implants can also serve as supports for partial dentures. Because implants replace tooth structure both above and below the gum line, they prevent further bone atrophy and tooth loss.
False teeth, or dentures, work well for many people, but are not for everyone. Unless they are properly fitted, dentures can become loose and slip, causing difficulties with eating and speaking. This is embarrassing. Partial dentures are held in place by the adjacent teeth and, again, must be fitted properly or the adjacent teeth are unduly stressed. However, dentures are the best choice for those with weak or unhealthy gums and jaw.
The dental practice of Anthony DeBenedictis D.D.S. offers multi-specialty dental services for the entire family. Anyone who is wondering about the best way to replace missing teeth should discuss the options with these Oral Surgeons in Westchester County NY. They are committed to providing the best individual solution to all of their patients.
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