Let’s face it… tooth loss happens.
Sometimes it’s because of decay and/or gum disease. Tooth loss can also be a result of diseases (like cancer), injury or simply getting older.
More than 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, while more than 35 million don’t have any teeth.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are missing one or more teeth, you probably feel self-conscious when talking or smiling.
Or you may just not smile at all.
It’s no secret that missing teeth can kill your confidence and make others see you differently. But aside from that, missing teeth can cause many other dental related problems, the most serious — facial collapse.
Once the teeth are gone, your body begins to resorb the minerals in your jawbone. After about 10-20 years there will be so little jawbone left that your face will start to look sunken in. And if you have dentures, there’s little or no ridge left making it nearly impossible to keep them in place and you’ll eventually become a dental cripple.
What are the options for missing teeth?
Dental Bridge – Depending on the surrounding teeth and the health and integrity of the surrounding jawbone, a dental bridge might be a solution.
Full or Partial Dentures – If you’re missing most, if not all of your teeth, and time/cost are a deciding factor, we may opt for full or partial dentures.
Dental Implants – Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth and when they are placed, they actually stop (or at least slow) the process of resorption.
Your Complete Guide to Tooth Loss & Dental Implants
If you’re missing teeth, Bedminster Family & Cosmetic Dentistry wants to help you smile with confidence once again. We’d be happy to see you for a complimentary consultation where you can find out about implants and if they be a solution for you.
Dr. Mike Mavrostomos is passionate about providing top-quality, comprehensive dental care. He is located in Bedminster, NJ whose continual pursuit of education and state-of-the-art dentistry has led to his being recognized as one of New Jersey’s Top Dentists by the New Jersey Top-Docs committee.