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What Happens If I Don’t Replace a Missing Tooth? Your Dentist in East Islip Answers

July 14, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — rosenfeld @ 5:50 pm

Man covering his smile. When you are dealing with excruciating tooth pain from an infection, or a severely fractured or damaged tooth, the last thing you are thinking about is replacing that tooth. You just want it removed so you can get back to being comfortable and proceed with your life. However, it’s important to discuss replacement options for your tooth with your dentist in East Islip as soon as you can, and here are the reasons why.

Missing Teeth Impact Oral Health

When you lose a tooth it affects your entire body. It impacts the way you chew, which may have consequences for your digestive system. It influences your confidence and how you present yourself to others. It also affects your oral health in ways that you probably hadn’t realized.

For example, without a replacement tooth, your neighboring teeth begin to shift. This causes an increased risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay. It also results in bite misalignment, which can cause discomfort for your neck, shoulders, teeth and jaw.

But it goes even deeper than that. A missing tooth means a missing root, and the loss of a root causes your jawbone to deteriorate. This eliminates support for surrounding teeth.

Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

The good news is that there are excellent solutions for replacing missing teeth.

Dental implants: This is by far the best option for one or more missing teeth because dental implants are the only replacement option that replace both your root and your tooth. Dental implants in East Islip may present a higher cost up front, but because they can potentially last for a lifetime, they are the most cost effective long term option for tooth replacement.

Dental Bridges: A bridge is a great solution for one or multiple adjacent missing teeth. A bridge anchors to healthy teeth with crowns in order to support prosthetic teeth. While a dental bridge is less expensive up front than a dental implant, it will need to be replaced in about 10 to 12 years. Dental implants can be used to support a bridge for greater longevity and strength.

Full and Partial Dentures: If you are missing a large number of teeth, a denture or partial may be the solution. A denture replaces an entire arch of teeth, while a partial can replace multiple missing teeth. Dental implants can also support these appliances for better longevity and more secure fit.

Would you like to determine which option is best for your needs? Contact your dentist in East Islip today to schedule a consultation.

About East Islip Dental Care

Dr. Gary Rosenfeld leads the talented team of dentists at East Islip Dental Care. The extensive expertise and training of our team allows us to provide the comprehensive services you need for your entire family’s dental care. We can even accommodate any busy schedule since we are open 7 days a week offering both morning and late evening appointments.

To contact East Islip Dental Care, you can call us at 631-581-8600 or reach us through our website.

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