A smile can say a lot about you. Missing teeth can have a negative impact on how others perceive you. Missing teeth can affect your ability to get a job or interact socially. The photo above is of a young woman that never had a tooth in this space. It was something she had dealt with her entire life.
Missing teeth are quite common. In the U.S. it is not uncommon for adults to be missing Seven teeth on average and almost 10% of adults have no teeth at all!
Missing teeth alter our ability to chew and function properly. More force is placed on the existing teeth which can lead to future problems with your bite and gums. In some cases this even leads to more tooth loss. If these teeth are not replaced the surrounding teeth can tip or collapse into the space. Teeth support the face and loss of this support can lead to collapse of the lips and cheeks.
Tooth replacement options are:
- Dental Implants
- Fixed Bridges
- Removable Partial Dentures or Complete Dentures