Missing teeth are a common dilemma for many people who have had teeth removed for any reason. Some problems with having a missing tooth may be cosmetic; embarrassment of having a gap in their mouth to physical problems such as difficulty chewing causing digestive problems and shifting of the adjacent teeth, which causes change in the bite, which also can cause TMD or TMJ disorder.
Before you consciously submit to having a tooth taken out, find out your treatment options for replacement. Dr. Fields says “the most common solutions are getting partial dentures, bridges or implants and there are advantages and disadvantages to each of these methods.”
Dr. Fields goes on to say how partial dentures are removable and the most economical of solutions; however, the disadvantages are the unnatural feel and the time it takes to adjust and that some wearers have difficulty chewing and speaking with them.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, “15 million people in the U.S. have crown and bridge replacements,” which shows this is a popular approach that many dentists use to filling the gap. An article in WebMD state that the benefits of the bridge are many with the most important attribute being the “distribution of the bite and the prevention of the remaining teeth from drifting out of place.”
Dr. Fields preference for replacing a missing tooth is to use an implant, which is the most expensive solution but is the most secure and has longevity of over 10 years. Currently only 10% of U.S. dentists place implants because of the extensive training involved, but the number is increasing exponentially.
Join us as we talk to Dr. Londel Fields, owner of Custom Dental of Sapulpa and author of “The 3 Things You Better Know Before Replacing A Missing Tooth” as he equips us with insights and options for replacing them.