What Is The Importance Of Replacing Missing Teeth?
Are you missing a tooth or teeth and are hesitant to choose a tooth replacement option? Are you deciding if you even need to replace your tooth? At Pollard Dental, we know how emotional missing a tooth can be, especially if it is in the front of your mouth and is visible when you talk or smile. We also know that at times patients deliberate whether to replace a rear tooth that is not quite as visible. There are many circumstances that can lead to your hesitation such as cost, length of procedure, and recovery time. We want to stress the importance of speaking with our staff and coming up with a solution that you feel comfortable with. Not replacing a tooth can lead to further complications that can cause discomfort and added expense.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Replacing a tooth after extraction is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it is also beneficial to your overall oral and physical health. Many years ago, you might remember a time when there were not many options when a tooth needed to be replaced. With modern dental advances and technology, there are multiple tooth replacement options, and many look identical to natural teeth. Although you have individual teeth, they all work as a combined unit to support each other. When one tooth is missing, it disrupts how well your other teeth function. For example, when a rear molar is missing, you have to adjust the way you chew your food. This can lead to other teeth taking more force and your jaw changing how it moves when you chew. Over time, this can lead to worn and cracked teeth along with TMD issues. Missing teeth can also cause the surrounding teeth to shift out of place.
Dr. Pollard has an extensive background in restorative dentistry, so he truly works with his patients to determine which replacement method is best for their needs. He encourages patients to be forthcoming with their concerns, and he is sure to explain everything in great detail so his patients understand each solution. He offers replacement options such as:
If you are in need of a tooth replacement and would like more information about which treatment plan is best for you, please contact our office located in Silverdale, WA. We look forward to helping you with your dental needs soon.