Solutions for Your Missing Teeth

August 28, 2018 - 8 minutes read

Whether you have lost your teeth due to old age, they rotted and fell out, or another reason, you shouldn’t have to live your life without teeth! This can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile, cause difficulty eating and even speech problems. This is no way to live life. Fortunately, at Eggleston Dental Care, we have lots of different solutions for you to replace your missing teeth back to their glory. Find out why you should replace your missing teeth and how our Turlock dentist can help.

Why Do I Need to Replace My Missing Teeth?

You might be wondering why you should replace your missing teeth. Whether you’re missing one or an entire mouth, it’s important to replace those missing teeth so that you can live a functional life. When you have a missing tooth, this can really take a toll on your self-confidence forcing you to hide your smile and feel self-conscious at every turn. With more than one missing tooth, you might find that chewing certain foods becomes more difficult and speech problems have developed. The top reason why you should replace your missing teeth is so that you can smile, eat and speak with ease.

What Happens if I Don’t Replace My Missing Teeth?

If you decide not to replace your missing teeth, prepare to face the consequences. If you are missing just one or two teeth, you can expect for adjacent teeth to make their way into the empty spots in your mouth. This can cause your teeth to turn and be crooked. This can mess up the entire alignment of your teeth which can lead to more serious problems like TMJ or bruxism. This, as a result, will cause damage to your remaining teeth. When you decide not to replace a missing tooth, another thing happens. You lose bone mass in your jaw. When a tooth root is no longer in your jaw, the jaw begins to lose bone mass because it has nothing to hold in place. This can cause your face to sag or show other signs of premature aging.  If you opt for dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you can preserve some of this bone mass.

If you choose not to replace your missing teeth, this will also affect your ability to chew foods properly. All of your teeth are crucial for chewing food, with one or more missing, you might lose out on important foods in your diet. Eating a diet of soft foods won’t allow you to get all the nutrients you need. In addition to limited the foods in your diet, not replacing your missing teeth can affect your speech. This means you can develop a lisp when you talk or another speech impediment. Lastly, if you do not replace your missing teeth, you will find that showing off your smile, or lack of, is not something you want to do. Everyone deserves to love their smile, find a replacement for your missing teeth and you will too.

Dental Bridges for Replacing Missing Teeth

If you’re missing one or two teeth in the same section, you can replace those missing teeth with dental bridges. A dental bridge contains two crowns that are used as anchors. These can either be placed on top of existing teeth or via a dental implant. In the middle of these anchors is the bridge made of false teeth. The bridge seals in the gap of missing teeth, completing your smile for you to enjoy once again. Dental bridges can last you for the rest of your life so you never have to worry about those missing teeth again.

Dental bridges cost a bit more than partial dentures but they provide you with the security that will not fall out. You can feel secure talking or chew with a dental bridge. You will never feel like it will fall out. After you receive the dental bridge, you will forget you have it until it comes time to floss, which can be a bit of a hassle but completely worth it in the end.

Dentures for Replacing Missing Teeth

If you’re considering a less expensive option for replacing your missing teeth, dentures are an affordable option. We offer both partial and full dentures at our Turlock dentist office. Full dentures contain an entire jaw full of teeth. There are fake gums and teeth made to look just like your natural teeth. Our dentist takes impressions of your mouth in order to create dentures with a perfect fit. They won’t slip or slide in your mouth so you don’t have to worry about that. Partial dentures are made to close in gaps of missing teeth in your mouth. They are removable but stay put by using nearby teeth as anchors. Dentures are a great option for replacing missing teeth.

Dental Implants for Replacing Missing Teeth

Our last option for replacing your missing teeth is with dental implants. To summarize, dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically inserted into your jaw to anchor your replacement teeth in place. They ensure that you maintain bone mass in your jaw and secure your restorations in place. Dental implants can be used with dental crowns, dental bridges, and even dentures. If you want to have the most secure and realistic restoration in your mouth, our dentist recommends dental implants to all qualifying patients. To be a good candidate for dental implants, our dentist requires patients to have adequate bone mass in their jaw and be free of periodontal diseases. We will determine if you are a candidate during your consultation.

Replace Your Missing Teeth in Turlock Today

If you’re tired of living with missing teeth, it’s time to visit our Turlock dentist for your replacement teeth. With our different restorative dentistry options available, we can help you regain your smile back! Schedule a consultation with our dentist today by giving us a call or filling out our online contact form.