Fill those gaps!
Patients are pleasantly surprised at our reaction when we initiate discussion about their missing teeth. We’re never shocked – even when teeth have been missing for twenty years or more! We’re just happy to see an end to anxiety and embarrassment.
A missing tooth was once regarded as a solution and not as a problem – especially if hidden at the back of the mouth. Goodbye tooth pain – hello relief! What we’ve since learned is that this strategy can create a constellation of other challenges.
- If only a single gap exists, the natural stability of the bite will be lost as surrounding teeth drift to fill it. This includes the tooth on the opposite jaw directly below or above the missing one … it tends to over-erupt, creating space between its neighbors and losing its supporting bone.
- As teeth move, they can also tilt, altering the facial structure and appearance as well as the ability to chew and speak clearly.
- Bite problems or TMJ can lead to headaches and other discomfort. This natural process occurs whether you have lost one tooth or many … at the front of your mouth or at the back.
Thankfully, with increased understanding comes workable solutions. We offer affordable fixed or removable dental prosthetics such as bridges and dentures. If you have gaps in your smile, our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have so that you can, once again, smile with confidence.