Why You Should Consider Replacing Lost Teeth

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Gaps can make your smile less aesthetically appealing. If you have lost one or more teeth to physical trauma, infection, or decay, there are a number of options available to you. A dentist can replace your teeth, using one of a variety of procedures. These include dental implants, fixed bridges, and full or partial dentures. In addition to cosmetic considerations, there are also some medical reasons for replacing a lost tooth.

Jawbone Deterioration
When one or more teeth are missing from the jaw, this can lead to loss of bone in a process known as resorption. Teeth create pressure on the jawbone or alveolar bone. This stimulates bone growth. In the absence of this pressure, the jawbone can shrink. This can cause changes to the appearance of your smile. It can also lead to the shrinkage of associated gum tissue. The gums can recede, creating a hollow that can be unsightly. The loss of gum tissue also increases the risk of food debris becoming lodged beneath adjoining teeth. In addition, if there has been significant loss of jawbone, it may be difficult to affix dentures to the remaining jaw ridge.

Drifting
Teeth have a natural propensity to shift over time, moving toward the front of the mouth and in the direction of any empty spaces within the jaw. If a tooth is missing, adjacent teeth may lean, tilt, or drift toward the empty space. Similarly, teeth in the upper jaw may begin to move downward toward any gaps in the bottom row of teeth. Drifting can adversely affect the look of your smile. It can also cause the abnormal build-up of gum tissue. This can make cleaning more difficult and can leave neighboring teeth more susceptible to periodontitis, more commonly referred to as gum disease.

Here at Oak Creek Dental Care, our experienced dentists can replace your missing teeth with comfortable, discreet dental implants or dentures. Call us at (614) 882-7456 to book an appointment with a dentist. Let our dentists serving Columbus, Ohio help you restore your smile.

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