Taking care of your natural teeth and keeping them for a lifetime is something that everyone tries to do. Unfortunately, losing a tooth isn’t an uncommon thing. Plenty of people have one condition or another that causes them to lose their tooth, be it a fracture, abscess, severe decay or gum disease. Once the tooth is gone, the area of infection is eliminated and the patient is comfortable once again.
When the infection is gone everything may feel fine. Unfortunately, a missing tooth can cause significant changes in the teeth around it or the ones it used to bite against. The adjacent teeth will begin to drift out of place, slightly leaning into the area of the missing tooth. The opposite tooth may then begin erupting further out of place in an attempt to find something to occlude with. When teeth have shifted like this, it predisposes them to diseases like periodontitis or decay. They are more difficult to clean and tend to become areas where food or debris packs deep between. Once the area of the lost tooth has been constricted, it can be more difficult to treat it with a replacement tooth.
Replacing your lost tooth early on will prevent the other teeth in your mouth from shifting out of place. This keeps your smile straight as well as eliminates the risk for periodontal disease and loss of other teeth. Dental bridges have always been the most traditional method of replacing a single missing tooth, but with the advancements of dental implant therapy, Marietta dental implants have now become the standard of care in tooth replacement.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates
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