Have you ever heard the song “All I Want For Christmas is my Two Front Teeth?” This holiday classic writes about a child who is missing his two front teeth because he has lost his baby teeth in the front and the permanent ones have not yet come in. The child in the song does not need to ask Santa Claus to bring him new front teeth because his permanent teeth will soon fill that space. Unfortunately, for many Americans with missing permanent teeth, this is not the case.
If you are missing one, several or all of your teeth, you know how difficult it can be to smile, laugh and eat with confidence. What you may not realize is the fact that failing to replace a missing tooth can threaten the health of your remaining teeth. When there is a gap left from a missing tooth, it leaves a space in the mouth for bacteria to become trapped. This can lead to periodontal disease and other serious dental health problems. Also, when there is a space left in the mouth due to a missing tooth, the teeth around the space will move to close in the gap. This can lead to bite problems as well as orthodontic relapse.
There are a number of ways to replace missing teeth including dentures (full and partial), fixed dental bridges, and dental-implant-supported crowns, bridges and dentures. All of these options have certain advantages and disadvantages. Your dentist is the best person to help you determine the tooth replacement solution that best suits your needs as well as your budget.
If you have been putting off replacing a missing tooth, schedule an appointment with your dentist today and give yourself the gift of a beautiful, fully-functioning smile.
Muccioli Dental - Johns Creek Dentist
6300 Hospital Pkwy, Suite 275
Johns Creek, Georgia 30097
Phone: (678) 389-9955