No one wants to lose a tooth, especially due to dental disease, dental trauma, or some other terrible circumstance. In some cases, you may need a dentist to provide a tooth extraction. If your permanent tooth was lost, it is vitally important to replace the tooth for many reasons.
Not only can a missing tooth affect your dental health, but not having a healthy smile can impact your confidence. At Colorado Dental Group, we are passionate about making you comfortable and giving you a smile you can be proud of.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
It can impact your other teeth
After you lose a tooth, you may think it only impacts that one area, but sadly that is not true. When a tooth goes missing, your other teeth try to compensate by filling in the missing space. This domino effect can cause other teeth to lose their strength and become loose as they move around the mouth. As teeth move, they may require orthodontic intervention, such as braces, space maintainers, or Invisalign.
It can impact the way you speak, eat, and smile
Missing even one tooth can impact your ability to eat, speak, and smile comfortably. If you are a working professional, you may feel embarrassed to speak in front of people or do your job. You may have to miss out on your favorite meals or stop smiling because of the hit on your confidence.
It can impact your appearance
In addition to stopping you from flashing your smile, without the support of your teeth, your face may start to droop or sag. The changes in the shape of your face can result in bone loss, sunken cheeks, and other distortions. If you can contact our team at Colorado Dental Group right away, we can work hard to restore your smile before other cosmetic changes happen.
Our Options for Replacing Lost or Missing Teeth
If you are missing one or two teeth, we can help you restore your smile with a dental bridge. Dental bridges are false teeth that attach to two crowns. These crowns are cemented to the teeth on either side of the gap created by your lost tooth. As long as your teeth are healthy around the gap, you should have no problem with this restoration technique.
If you are missing more than just one or two teeth in the same area, partial dentures can provide a solution. Partial dentures are removable tooth replacements that attach to your gums and your other teeth. Taking care of dentures does require some extra time, but they can restore your smile and your ability to talk and chew.
Many of our patients opt for more permanent solutions like dental implants. Because of the material used in implants (typically titanium), this type of restoration can last forever. The best part of dental implants is that they look just like your natural teeth and can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth as well. Over time, implants fuse to your jawbone and function as your normal teeth would.
Restorative Dentistry in Colorado Springs, Colorado
If you have a missing tooth (or teeth) it’s important to get a replacement as soon as you can! The dentists and oral surgeons at Colorado Dental Group can help you restore your smile and protect your dental health. Schedule an appointment today to discuss the options available and find out how we can complete your smile.