It is widely believed that permanent tooth loss occurs primarily in seniors. This is simply not true, according to Eveline Gan’s article, “Don’t Grin and bear it: What can you do if you have missing teeth?” published recently on the TODAYonline website. Research actually shows that about one out of every five individuals will lose their first permanent tooth between the ages of 21 and 30. Despite your age, losing a permanent tooth can not only be painful, but embarrassing too. And there are several reasons why filling the new gap in your mouth is a good idea.
In addition to aesthetic reasons for repairing your smile, periodontist Dr. Marlene Teo shares that there are many health reasons to replace missing teeth in a timely fashion. Without replacement, adjacent teeth can drift into the space causing issues with a person’s bite. Also, if the replacement doesn’t occur within three months, the jaw bone begins to shrink, causing difficulties with dental implants or dentures later on. In order to take advantage of all of your options, you should act fast.
According to experts, there are three general replacement methods; dentures, bridges, and implants. Every situation is as unique as the individual in it, so there’s no one “right” way. The best option for you will depend on not only your preference, but also on your health, jawbone quality, and how much you are willing to spend. There are pros and cons to all three procedures and you should discuss each of them with your cosmetic dentist. In the past, a toothless smile was treated much more conventionally, but today your options are diverse, allowing you to feel and look your absolute best.
Written by Mark Paulsort
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