What is your first thought when it comes to missing teeth? For many people, it may be how they look. Certainly lost teeth don’t look the best, but for some people this is not enough reason to seek out tooth replacement. If cosmetics aren’t inducement enough, the health problems associated with tooth loss might be.
The Problem With Tooth Loss
Losing a single tooth may seem pretty minor in the grand scheme of our health. In fact, even one missing tooth can set off a snowball effect of problems in your mouth. Firstly, the missing tooth makes space. Your teeth will shift into the new space, changing your bite. They may also loosen and even fall out. Tooth loss also often leads to bone loss, which can worsen the loosening and loss of healthy teeth. Missing teeth also put you at increased risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and gum recession.
These health problems are bad enough, but they can also have a real impact on your life. Especially in people missing multiple teeth, it can become hard to do things like speak or eat. The toll that missing teeth can ultimately take on your life can surprise many people, and this is why replacing lost teeth is so important.
Depending on your particular mouth, needs and budget, Drs. Brent Engelberg and Josh Oleari may recommend any one of several treatment options, or possibly a combination of treatments. These may include:
These treatment options ensure that the gaps left by missing teeth are filled with a stable restoration. Restoring missing teeth with on or more of these treatments can help prevent problems like overcrowding, gum disease, and further tooth loss.
Schedule a Consultation
Each mouth is unique, and developing a treatment plan is an individualized process. If you are looking for treatment for your missing teeth, schedule a consultation at AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL to discuss treatment options to fit your goals and budget. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us today at (847) 230-9703 for comprehensive care.