Options for Broken or Missing Teeth

Image of a dental crown. An option for missing teeth.
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Ashamed of your smile?

‘I didn’t realize the impact having missing tooth would have. I’m always hiding my mouth, and I’m embarrassed to smile at anyone. People look away If they catch sight of my teeth.’ Donna S.

Missing or broken teeth may cause more problems than just embarrassment. If your teeth are not intact, there could be changes in how the other teeth fit against each other. Your teeth may wear more quickly. You may also begin to experience headaches, jaw pain and even sleep disorders.

The spaces between your teeth can create opportunities for food and bacteria to accumulate, potentially leading to gum disease or periodontal disease. Broken or chipped teeth may also fracture more easily. Missing or broken teeth can have consequences for your appearance and health.

What breaks teeth?

In our experience, it can be just about anything. A sports injury, biting down the wrong way on a fork, a hard candy, chewing on a bread crust (yes, a bread crust – we have found bread crusts break more teeth than any other cause), old dental treatments, new decay, or perhaps just clenching and grinding your teeth due to a misaligned bite.

The three ways  we lose teeth

There are 3 ways you can lose your teeth:

Decay: Teeth can be broken down by bacteria that erodes the tooth structure over time and at some point the tooth http://www.wholesalejerseys1.com falls apart. Decay does not cause toothaches. You cannot feel decay. You can feel the consequences of decay when you get a dental abscess or an inflamed tooth pulp. That is usually long after the decay started.

Gum Disease: You can have a loss of the bony support of the roots of your teeth from what we call “periodontal disease”. Periodontal disease does not hurt in the beginning and it is not till you develop a more intense infection in the gum tissue or dental bone that you may become aware you have periodontal disease. Sometimes the only way you know you have periodontal disease is if your tooth becomes loose or falls out.

A Misaligned Bite: The first two ways of breaking or loosing your teeth are infections, such as decay and gum disease. You can have a healthy mouth with regards to infection and still break or lose teeth. The way teeth meet together (what dentists call “Occlusion”) can be less than ideal and cause the slow wear and tear plus damage that accumulates over time leading to either tooth wear and breakdown or even tooth loss. This http://www.cheapnfljerseys4.com is often referred to as a “malocclusion”.

At each dental check-up, your dentist should assess whether your teeth are being damaged by any of the above.

What are my options for a broken tooth or for missing teeth?

You may need a dental implant, fixed dental bridge or a removable dental prosthesis to replace the missing or broken tooth or teeth. Dr. Westersund can do an exam and provide the treatment options for you.

What’s the difference between a dental implant and a bridge?

Dental bridges actually bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is like a bridge over a river. A dental bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side Minnesota Twins jersey mens of the gap. These two anchoring teeth are called “abutment” teeth, and a false tooth/teeth called a “pontic” is placed between.

A dental implant is an artificial root placed in the jaw bone to provides support for a dental crown. Dental implant crowns can look like natural teeth and provide a good option for missing or broken teeth.

If you are looking for options for missing or broken teeth, please contact us for a consultation.

 

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