When adults lose their teeth, it typically provokes adverse reactions.
For one, it’s embarrassing. Having a less than perfect smile is one thing, but big gaps in your teeth, especially in the front, may leave you ashamed and humiliated about showing a smile at all. It’s a fact that people missing teeth don’t smile as often as others.
It may also cause physical discomfort. Teeth may be decayed and painful, or extremely sensitive to temperatures. You may have trouble chewing foods like meat, nuts and corn on the cob.
If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to realize you are not alone. While the prevalence of tooth loss has declined dramatically in the last two decades for children and adults, the numbers are still high among the elderly. According to some estimates, as much as 40 percent of American adults over the age of 65 have lost all their teeth.
As for solutions to tooth loss, it all depends on the individual, but the options are numerous:
Crowns and Bridges: If you’re missing one or more teeth, crowns and bridges may be a good route to take. Crowns cover a single tooth, while bridges can fill the space left by tooth loss. Existing teeth must be shaved a little bit to fit the bridge or crown.
Partial and Full Dentures: Dentures are prosthetic devices that replace the teeth and surrounding gums. Partial dentures are used for a portion of the mouth, while full dentures are used for the entire mouth. Both can be removed.
Implants: Dental implants are probably the more expensive option, but they are permanent, stationary and long lasting. Basically, prosthetic teeth are fastened to a post that is implanted into the gums and jaw. Peachtree City dental implants look and act like natural teeth.
If you’re missing teeth, a new and better smile can take just a couple of trips to the dentist. So if you are facing embarrassment or discomfort of any level, don’t hesitate to take that first step and call for a consultation.
Posted on behalf of Jason R. Lee DMD, Greencastle Dental
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