180 million North Americans are missing at least one of their teeth. Missing tooth can feel uncomfortable and even embarrassing sometime. But did you know that missing tooth can have big impact on your oral health? It leads to bone loss around the area, and changes jaw structure and muscles over time. The adjacent teeth can also shift and drift out of place, leading to change in your bite, potential gum disease and possible tooth decay. Fortunately, your doctor has received special training on the latest techniques and technology to replace missing teeth. After a specialized exam, your doctor will work to help you find a solution that matches your needs.
When the tooth has been missing for a long time, dental implants may not be a suitable option as the bone has been receded so has the gum tissues. If this is the case, bone grafting may help with supporting and securing the implant in place. The role of thumb is to act quickly to replace the missing teeth.